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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Peace came to Earth

The knock came surprisingly on the door one day. Before the middle-aged woman, stood a young pregnant teenager.

As Mary entered Elizabeth’s home I am sure she wondered how Elizabeth would respond to the news of her immaculate conception.

You see, Mary lived in a time where women could be put to death if found to be with child out of wedlock. The stress and feelings of fear for her safety and the safety of her unborn child had to overwhelm her.

But that is not the picture of Mary we see. As a matter of fact when you read Luke 1, Mary breaks forth in a song of praise moments after entering Elizabeth’s home; a beautiful heartfelt song. Let’s take a second to read and imagine Mary in this very moment.

Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,
and from now on all generations will call me blessed.
For the Mighty One is holy,
and he has done great things for me.
He shows mercy from generation to generation
to all who fear him.
His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
He has brought down princes from their thrones
and exalted the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away with empty hands.
He has helped his servant Israel
and remembered to be merciful.
For he made this promise to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children forever.” Luke 1:46-55 (NLT)

How could she have such peace in the midst of the most troubling time of her life?

Mary had such peace because she was carrying the Prince of Peace!

In 5th grade I auditioned for our school chorus… and made it. What’s crazy about that is I can’t sing, AT ALL. Looking back I wonder, “Mom, did you bribe Mrs. Miller?” You don’t have to answer. My point is this, we always ended every performance with the same song and the very last line of it says, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”

Oh, the real Peace on earth did begin with Mary. But thank goodness it did not end with her.

The Prince of Peace is in me today 2000 years later, and in you.

Wow, that means no matter the situations we may find ourselves in, like Mary we too can break forth in a song of praise to God because He truly is "Our God and Our Savior!”

Making a Joyful "Noise",

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Tina, Just wanted to tell you that your blog is beautifully written and encouraging in my walk with the Lord. I have been reading the post of the most recent weeks.

We live in the same town LC. Our family has attended CC (on and off, sad to say) for several years. We are trying to do better about being in God's house.

Anyway, my husband and I were sad to see that You and Pastor Mark have moved to Alachua. I should re-phrase, sad because we love to listen and learn from Pastor Mark, but very happy that your ministry is growing so.

Maybe we can make our way to the Alachua service soon. How long have you been at CC Alachua?

Just wanted to say Thank You for this blog. Many Blessings and Merry Christmas! Brandi