By: Debbie Taylor, Director of Outreach
Blessed – an often overused word meaning divinely favored, or as in Mary’s case, sacred or holy. We sometimes say we have been blessed, but earthly prosperity is not a mark of God’s blessing. Has anyone been quite as blessed as Mary? The birth of her son upended the ideas in the Old Testament of what was hoped for. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth? Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God? Where is the earthly reward for all our suffering? We are looking for that reward here on earth, not this new way of thinking about blessed. Will we allow ourselves the space at Christmastime to be divinely blessed? We know there is something special in the air, it’s a mystery but it is still felt. On Christmas Eve we raise our candles in the darkness and sing the words of Silent Night. There is the feeling of awe in the candlelit church. We have been divinely favored by the sacred and holy.
Lord, help us to stop during this busy season, to find opportunities to witness the divine, and feel how truly blessed we are to know you. We give thanks for the miracle of your birth, and the gift of hope that it brings. Amen.