Scripture: Luke 1:67-80
Key verses: (78, 79) By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, 79to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Reflection: Zachariah’s prophecy reminds us of the amazing gift that Mary gives the world. Mary didn’t have to say yes, she could have made excuses, busied herself, fussed with a thousand tasks that meant nothing or just avoided eye contact not looking up until the angel had left the room.
We have that same choice. God acts, then it is our turn. God responds to us and then it is our turn again.
Barbara Brown Taylor calls this the divine dance. Today, you are invited to dance. God sends an angel to invite a girl onto the dance floor and it is no guarantee she will say yes. The angel stands there with fingers crossed, still holding his breath, because the world needs some light. Mary doesn’t just say yes. She offers her song of praise and participates with God bringing light and life.
Mary is not the last invited into the dance. She is followed by a whole line of people who participate with God to bring about change in the world. Those who are brave, joyful, adventurous, graceful and say yes to the dance. Her story reminds us of our story, as we receive the invitation again to join in what God is doing in this world.
Prayer: On this Christmas Eve, we come seeking your creating, redeeming and sustaining presence here and now. Remind us that you are the light that shines in the darkness and nothing can overcome it. Give us courage to claim this good news and guide our feet on the path of peace. In the name of your son Jesus. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].