In today’s reading we eavesdrop on a conversation between the Angel Gabriel and Mary. She is told she will give birth to the Son of God.
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “Let it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)
In the little we are told about Mary in the Gospels, we meet a woman of resilient, humble faith; a model for us in our response of love to God.
Committing to the work of nourishing our faith will direct us to lean on God’s steadfast love for the resilience and wisdom we need in meeting daily challenges. Receiving the gift of faith encourages our response of “let it be to me” for Life and Love in Jesus Christ. Faith opens eyes to God’s presence; faith opens hearts to generosity and gratitude. Faith grows resilience. Importantly this virtue of hopeful determination can be the embers burning strength into a faith that is struggling. We can help each other here. Receiving and offering prayer, support and encouragement, sharing wisdom and experiences can shore up discouraged, tired hearts.
What will nourish your faith in the days to come? And how might we encourage others? To consider again how our practices of prayer, meditation and spiritual reading nurture our lives of faith is worthwhile.
We approach the coming Christmastide both merrily rejoicing and like Mary, pondering the mystery of it all in a deep and quiet trust.
-- Dorothy Dahli