From the Well - 12/20/2018

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Luke 1:39-45 (NRSV) 
39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord."

Mark Lowry wrote a beautiful Christmas song a number of years ago that has quickly become a favorite in our culture. In the song, Mary Did you Know, he asks a number of questions:

Mary did you know that your baby boy

Would someday walk on water?

Mary did you know that your baby boy

Would save our sons and daughters?

Did you know that your baby boy

Has come to make you new?

Mary did you know that your baby boy

Would give sight to a blind man?

Mary did you know that your baby boy

Would calm a storm with his hand?

Did you know that your baby boy

Has walked where angels trod?

Mary didn’t known on that first Christmas morning what her Son would do. And, yet, out of faith Mary responded to God with a “yes.” Mary took a risk. She had faith that God would somehow work His purpose and power through her. By offering herself, Mary gave up control, gave up keeping things ordered and rational, and gave up staying uninvolved. Mary allowed God to touch our lives through her.

There is great risk in letting God work through us as Mary did. There is risk in being God’s agent and disciple. We do not know what God might ask us to do. We do not know for sure where or to whom we may be sent. We have no way of knowing what it might cost in terms of time, effort, sacrifice, or suffering. Being able to cope with all that God has called us to do means we are willing to risk knowing God will be there. This is the risk that Mary took. God is hoping that we, in faith, will take a risk when He calls. Think about it.

Matthew