My soul cries out with a joyful shout that the God of my heart is great,
and my spirit sings of the wondrous things that you bring to the ones who wait.
You fixed your sight on your servant’s plight, and my weakness you did not spurn,
so from east to west shall my name be blest. Could the world be about to turn?
My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn. Wipe away all tears,
for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn. ~ Rory Cooney, b. 1951 (ELW #723)
Based on the Magnificat
So it begins in two days – the second part of the Love Story. But it is not only a story; it is a remembrance. Advent starts on Sunday. We know that Part 1 –The Old Testament, tells us that God made us after (or during) he made a place for us to live. The Bible doesn’t really tell us why God made us; God hardly ever tells us why; but does why really matter? There may, however, be a hint. We read in Genesis that when God made humans, he called them his best and it was God’s custom to come and visit with them in the evening. God being Love desired a Lover and He wanted that relationship with those he had made. But he gave humans free will, so the relationship became broken. See Genesis. After a period of time…..
Love Story, Part II – Being without the restraints of time, God always knew that he would come as a human being, himself, to show us how life is supposed to be lived and to live with us as he once did in Eden. Jesus’ coming into the world was not Plan B. Disobedience had changed the world and obedience will change it again in the fullness of time.
God looks for the young woman he loves and when he sees her, he says, “Ah, there she is. It’s time.” (My interpretation). And suddenly…! Suddenly, an angel appears to Mary and says, “I have news for you, you lucky girl. God has chosen you….” Mary, though confused says, I am God’s faithful servant. Let it be done to me as you say.” Where Adam and Eve’s disobedience brought evil into paradise by following the tempter’s suggestions, Mary’s obedience to God’s plan allows a change and the world begins to turn. Later she sings a song of praise. Perhaps of thanksgiving. This is the beginning of our return to a relationship with God who has pursued us since the beginning. Advent is a time of waiting for this in hope.
I wonder about this story as I sit here. Someone said, and I don’t remember who, that when we say yes to God’s plan for us, our obedience changes the universe. That is awesome and scary and oh so many more adjectives that I can begin to name, but I plan to ponder this as an Advent discipline. Maybe the reverse is also still true. What does this say to me? Will I hear the suddenly of God’s call? How will I respond? What will this say to you if you were to ponder with me?
Brian Morykon, in the devotional book Traveling Unfamiliar Pathways said, “But that morning in the coldness of a cave, the blackness of a womb, God traveled somewhere new. God whose word spoke the world into existence became the Word that was spoken. The Spirit of God who brooded over the deep entered the deep. The One who ‘beholds our unformed substance’ emptied himself and became the unformed substance. Creation was turned on its head.”
Light enters the darkness. And the Word became flesh….