"I need shelter for the night, please take me inside your heart, my time is so close."
Then, under the roof of your soul, you will witness the intimacy, the Divine,
the Christ taking birth, forever, as she grasps your hand for help,
For each of us is the midwife of God, each of us.
Yes, there, under the dome of your being does Creation come into existence eternally,
Through your womb, dear pilgrim—the sacred womb of your soul,
As God grasps our arms for help; for each of us is the beloved servant never far.
If you want, the virgin will come walking down the street pregnant with Light and sing.
Dear Peninsula MCC Friend:
Come Sunday with a potluck dish to share and a small gift (<$10) or white elephant item for the gift exchange! We'll also be receiving a love offering for our Clergy (volunteer and paid) and our Minister of Music.
Mary has a nightmare. Oh, I know, that's not the way the story is usually told. We usually tell it skipping the messy parts and getting directly to the song of praise she sings. We much prefer the pretty, easy parts. The truth is, much of the really good stuff our lives have to offer happen after hard and messy parts, why should it be any different for Mary and Joseph?
This story is a roller coaster from the very beginning. First, the Angel Gabriel appears to Mary. We are not told if it's day or night, if she is sleeping or alert, but the story does say she's confused. Who wouldn't be, there's an angel in her room! Gabriel tells her she is destined to give birth to a child named Jesus... she is incredulous... saying, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" Gabriel tells her the Holy Spirit will take care of that, and, according to the story, she agrees to the assignment. She then promptly runs away to her cousin Elisabeth's home. If we think about it the running away part makes the most sense, her pregnancy, according to the story, has nothing to do with Joseph, and is therefore punishable by being stoned to death. This woman, Mary, is brave, very brave to say YES to God. I'm glad she did.
I love the poem above because it reminds us that all the ways the divine is given birth in the world requires the cooperation of a human being. In our story this week it's Mary, saying, YES! Today, it's us. The story reminds us that birth may not be easy, or uncomplicated, but it will be worth it. See you on Sunday!
Invite friends or family to join us on Christmas Eve at 7:00pm. There will be special music (Tammy Brown returns from last year) and joy!
Rev. Terri J. Echelbarger
Senior Pastor, Peninsula MCC