Willingness to be vulnerable opens us to experiencing our greatest and most unique self. It helps us discover what we have to contribute to the world...
Willingness to be vulnerable opens us to experiencing our greatest and most unique self. It helps us discover what we have to contribute to the world that no one else posseses.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
- Luke 1:41-45
*“Why is it so hard for us to believe that God’s love really is unconditional and that we should imitate God’s love not only for others but also for ourselves? Perhaps we have regarded self-centered behavior too harshly. We are unwilling or unable to give ourselves the same gentle grace that God offers us and that we believe should be offered to others. Leap from doubt to belief and remember that God loves you, delights in you, and yearns for your response.”
~ Rueben P. Job, A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?" Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world...And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."
-Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love
Mary is blessed because she chooses to step into an incredibly vulnerable space and say "yes" to God calling to her. Elizabeth recognizes this in Mary, and is the first person in the book of Luke to name for us that Mary is the mother of who we will come to know as Jesus Christ. Elizabeth then asks of Mary, "And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?" And why shouldn't it happen to her? Elizabeth is a child of God, and therefore specially gifted and graced in her own ways if she says yes to discovering and embracing them in God. As are we all.
In opening to God and accepting God's greatest gift to us--who we are specially created to be, and are to become in this world--we become a blessing to others. And in blessing others with our gifts, and by demonstrating what a life lived in joyful vulnerability can look like, we compel them to become a blessing for themselves and others. God loves each of us, and has created each of us perfectly unique. May we receive these blessings with Mary's vulnerability, and Elizabeth's joy.
*PRAY THIS PRAYER
Thank you, God, for your delight in me. Let me move from doubt to belief, trusting in your extravagant grace. Let me be your love, grace, and delight for others today. I can trust your extravagant love. I am worthy of your extravagant love.
*Adapted from 'The Uncluttered Heart' | Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas by Beth Richardson
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