If Jesus is the human embodiment of love, Mary is everything leading up to it. I'm speaking of hope, peace, and joy. As a pregnant unwed mother, she had to first hope for something more or better. Then, she had to come to peace with the condition she was currently in. Finally, joy burst forth at the news that she would be the mother of the Son of God.
I've struggled understanding Mary. Its this love/hate relationship I have with her. On one hand I want to raise up how incredibly amazing she is. On the other hand, I don't want to get sucked into female roles, or transcending them. For me, she becomes the one biblical character we cannot separate from her gender. Mary, the mother. We have to understand her just as she is: a young girl forced into marriage. She was like many girls during this time. I'd struggle to find her hope, peace and joy in the midst of the servitude she naturally lived in. Yet, every year I focus in on her. I guess she reminds me how God uses anyone that fits within the divine plan. Also, to be grateful to be a free.
Three more days until Christmas. How do you connect to Mary?
Dear Breath of Heaven,
Hold me together. Lighten my darkness.