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The birth of Isaac (Genesis 17:1-21; 18:1-15)
Then consider the following: Who is Mary to you? Why? Have you ever wondered why Mary is made so little of in the Protestant tradition but so much of in the Catholic? What might be the downside to either in the extreme?
Mary was chosen by God to do an incredible thing, a new thing, and Mary was faithful to the end. In light of Mary's obedience and courage, I offer you the following meditation from Maker's Blessing: Prayers and Meditations from the Iona Community.
God of our lives
you are always calling us
to follow you into the future,
inviting us to new ventures,
new ways to care,
new ways to touch the hearts of all.
When we are fearful of the unknown,
give us courage.
When we worry
that we are not up to the task,
remind us that you would not call us
if you did not believe in us.
When we get tired,
or feel disappointed
with the way things are going,
that you can bring change and hope
out of the most difficult situations.
As always, I look forward to seeing you during worship on Sunday.