15 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 1: 39 - 46) - Ron Garner

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When the call recently went out for St. Georgians to share their thoughts about Advent, I hardly believed it appropriate for me to participate.  By nature I am one whose typical modus operandi is to keep moving forward, not looking back.  I have now, however, come to appreciate the instructive andhealing value of meditation and reflection. 

The passage from Luke describing Mary’s visit with Elizabeth acknowledges our belief, especially at this time of year, in the power of miracles, faith and hopefulness.  Elizabeth, Zechariah’s wife, was thought to be ‘barren’ and beyond the age of childbearing.  Mary’s excitement and celebration of the coming birth of John represents the joy and expectation we all experience, not just during our celebration of the birth of Christ, but with all newborns.  Mary’s act was a positive affirmation of Elizabeth’s faith in God and ours as well.  Every child is a gift from God, offering possibilities of great and good things in our lives. 

In the current climate, Advent season reminds us that there is joy and redemption in our lives.  Our faith is a guidepost to bring us through the darkness and into the light.  Blessed are the Mothers.