The end phrase of Crookedshore’s post ‘the clamour and fear of an Irish advent’ made me think of the fear and chaos which fell upon the teenage Mary. (The one in the Holy Land, not Ardoyne!) In the midst of a life interrupted by supposed blessing, (I wonder did she ever really see it like this?) she finds somewhere in her heart a morsel of faith.
The rest as they say is history. So I read these words this morning encouraged to be a little less fearful and chaotic.
And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months pregnant! Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.”
And Mary said,
Yes, I see it all now:
I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.
Let it be with me
just as you say.
LUKE 1: 36 The Message