WPC Warm Up, December 15, 2014
I think we cannot even imagine Mary's mind. No one since has had her experience - an encounter with a powerful heavenly being, what would take place in her womb, and why. We are given help in trying to imagine her thoughts in the song called "The Magnificat" (Luke 1:46–55). Interesting that it is a string of scriptures made up of prophecies, psalms and promises. This is how we understand what God does in and through us. In the middle of her song she offers a lesson in the form of a sweeping generalization, "His mercy is for those who fear him." Mercy is God's determination to bring us back. It is God's readiness to forgive us. It is new ability to be fruitful. Mary knows how this goes. She says it comes out of the fear of God. Fear as in knowing there is no other way, no other hope, therefore total vulnerability. God will break down our pretensions and presumptions about how things are supposed to go. When God is hard on us it is because God seeks to help open us back up. This too is God's mercy.
Pastor Dick Thompson