Advent Comfort: Hope is Alive (Luke 1:39-45)

“And blessed is she who believed that here would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” -Luke 1:45

While many of us are doing the things of this week with much haste, this familiar story of scripture offers new depths, promises and surprises when we make space to reflect. 

Mary and Elizabeth’s reunion is one of great joy. Something miraculous and unexpected has happened. Hope is alive. There is more to come…

The reality is that prophecy is only good news to those who are hurting.

Resurrection is only possible when there has been a death.

Hope is only an act of faith when we are in the pit of despair.

The welcome and warning of advent:

Things will change

It is not to be like this

It will not always be like this

Or as the carol proclaims: All is well. All is well. 

All manner of things shall be well.

Thanks be to God. 


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