Wow! One great thing about having the Christmas tree up and having to move my “window seat” chair to face differently, is that I get to see the eastern sky in the mornings–beautiful sunrises… God is crazy about me! ;)
The Advent theme at our church this week is “Peace”; and perhaps that is also Traditional, since Henri Nouwen talks about it in this morning’s reading. However, I’m a rebel–my themes are based on the various individuals from the First Christmas. Actually, I stole that idea from Carol, which she did several years ago.
So last week it was about the Prophets, which fit very well with Hope/patience. This week it’s Mary, and Sacrifice. Just imagine how she must have felt, as her time progressed and she had some explaining to do!
But I think “Peace” fits for Mary too. Because hiding all those things in her heart, means she was peaceful about her surrender to God’s will. Albeit, there must have been turmoil inside her! But Mary gave herself to God. And as I do the gift-thing this Christmas, hopefully I put some of myself into each gift… even just a bit of a sacrifice (compared to Mary, compared to Jesus!)–of time, or of money, whatever.
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!” (Phil. 2:5-8) <NIV