The Eastern Orthodox Tradition has a name for Mary. They call her Theotokos. It means, literally, "the God-bearer." Mary's special because she is the one who brings Jesus into the world. The one who brings the hope that turns it all around.
What a terrifying privilege.
Advent is when we prepare for Jesus' coming. But the terms have changed from that first Christmas. Now, we not only remember Mary, the beautiful theotokos, but we also prepare ourselves to be God-bearers. We join together to prepare and reflect on our own breathtaking privilege of bringing Jesus into the world.
As a church, LifePath prepares together by sharing our own stories. We are trying to practice the holy calling to bear God to one another. These simple stories have been put together as daily readings leading up to Christmas. Because of these readings, I will be putting my Thursday Together For Good reflections on pause until after Advent. If you are not a part of our church, I invite you to journey with us through these daily reflections (and if you are a part of our church, you already have been!).
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This year we're telling stories about learning to celebrate.
I'd love for you to join us. We'll catch up again here after Christmas.
You are enough to be a God-bearer.