Luke 1: 46 – 48
I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Saviour God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened - I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
Luke 1:46-48 The Message
Mary was full of joy because she was carrying God's son. I have never known the joy of having a child but the biggest joy is the love I share with my partner.
Another joy in my life was when I became a pilot in the Canadian Forces. It all started when I applied to be a pilot but was turned down because I was the wrong sex. Six years later I got a message requesting my application as they were opening pilot training to women.
Initially, eleven women and a number of men went through extensive testing in Toronto and four of the women successfully went on to fly the Musketeer for more testing and three of us passed that. We moved on to winter bush survival, sea survival, parachute training, high altitude testing, rappelling and finally training on the CT-114 Tutor jet aircraft. Through it all we had to deal with a number of press conferences. In the next eleven months on the Tutor we learned visual flying, instrument flying,aerobatics, navigation, formation flying, cross country flying, emergency responses, and ground school training. All three women were successful.
The wings were presented alphabetically so I was the first woman up. Because my father had served in the military he was given the honour of pinning my wings on my chest and he gave me an unprecedented kiss. My heart was full of joy in my life that I had successfully become a pilot in the Canadian Forces and my father presented me with my wings.
Joy can come in many forms and if we think of our joyful times we may have a bit of understanding of the joy Mary had experienced.
- Nora Bottomley