We continue our Advent celebration by focusing on the gift of JOY. During the first Advent season, Mary was frightened when she received the life-changing news that she would bear God’s Son. However, as this reality sinks in for her, Mary recognizes the significance and privilege of being an instrument of God’s grace to the world, and bursts forth in song! (Luke 1:39-56)
She sings joyfully even as she faces an unexpected pregnancy, relational challenges, financial hardship, and an uncertain future. Mary’s life demonstrates a living and inspiring example of how to experience joy in the midst of difficult and dangerous times.