Then Mary said, “My heart is overflowing with praise of my Lord, my soul is full of joy in God my Saviour. For he has deigned to notice me, his humble servant and, after this, all the people who ever shall be will call me the happiest of women! The one who can do all things has done great things for me—oh, holy is his Name! Truly, his mercy rests on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has swept away the high and mighty. He has set kings down from their thrones and lifted up the humble. He has satisfied the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away with empty hands. Yes, he has helped Israel, his child: he has remembered the mercy that he promised to our forefathers, to Abraham and his sons for evermore!” ~ Luke 1.46-55 (Phillips)
The words above that fell from the lips of a young Jewish girl sound strange, almost scripted. The words below that tumbled out of my mind will sound equally strange, maybe even comical. But somewhere in all these words stands this pivotal character in the Advent cast. Here’s how I recall the most fiercest one of them all. And don’t forget to visit Kelly and Winn as they join me today in drawing closer and closer.
Funny, isn’t it?
We know all the biblical characters
on a first name basis.
If we were to let loose the
reins of imagination and
assign last names to them,
which yes is somewhat of a rabbit trail,
I believe Mary would simply have to be called
On second thought maybe Mary
did that on her own, renamed herself
like Cheryl Strayed did in Wild.
Maybe that’s the sorta silent magnificat
off to the side, in the margins,
the one where Mary took everything in,
and I mean EVERYTHING, and said
From now on I will be known as
And instead of hiking the Pacific Coast Trail
Mary embarked on her advent dolorosa, not bent forward by
a beastly backpack but rather a bulging frontpack –
the God who grew more wild and heavy with each step.
Witnesses along the trail wondered why in the world
she would surrender to such a crazy thing.
But she grew more becoming than she ever dreamed,
weathered and blessed in her chosen name, remembered to this day: