Sermons on “Advent”
Mary’s choice to respond to with gratitude in the face of difficult circumstances can show us how to move from overwhelmed to overjoyed, and how to have our spirits magnify the Lord and rejoice in God our savior.
When Mary left in haste to visit her kinswoman, Elizabeth, she travelled a long distance to share her joy (Luke 2:39-56). On her arrival, she brought true and everlasting joy with her into Elizabeth’s home. Sometimes we think of joy being out there, something we have to strive after and obtain for ourselves. If only we will stop to hear the ring of Mary’s greeting, we will too will hear and see that joy has come to us in Christ Jesus, and all we have to do is receive him.
Every life is a life interrupted. God could have arranged Jesus’ birth a million other ways. But he was giving us a deliberate sign that he will redeem our lives—with all their imperfections, failures and loose threads—if we merely offer them in faith.