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Evening Prayer

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The Visitation

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Scripture Reading: Luke 1: 39-56 (taken from The Message)

 Mary didn't waste a minute. She got up and travelled to a town in Judah in the hill country  straight to Zachariah's house, and greeted Elizabeth.  When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit  and sang out exuberantly.

“You're so blessed among women, and the babe in your womb, also blessed!  And why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord visits me?   The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears, The babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy.   Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true!”

 And Mary said,                                                                        “I'm bursting with God-news;  I'm dancing the song of my Saviour God.   God took one good look at me, and look what happened - I'm the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten,  the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.   His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him.   He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts.   

He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud.   The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold.   
He embraced his chosen child, Israel; he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.                   It's exactly what he promised, beginning with Abraham and right up to now.”  
Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her own home.

 

Spend a few moments now becoming still

Notice your breathing.

As you breathe in, breathe in the breath and the peace of the Holy Spirit.

With your out breathe, breathe out any distractions, any tiredness from the busy-ness of your day.

Ask the Holy Spirit t. o open our hearts to hear and understand what message he has for each of us during this time of reflection on His Word. As we listen to it again imagine yourself in the scene observing Mary as she journeys to her cousin Elizabeth.

What might she be thinking after her encounter with the Angel Gabriel?

Notice how she looks and her body language.

How do you think she is feeling after being told she is to be the mother of God?

What might any woman, in her position, be thinking or feeling?

What did you notice or feel as you watched Mary and Elizabeth greet each other?

As you observed the joyful intimacy between Mary and Elizabeth did you notice how full of joy and hope they are?

Talk to God our Father ( Mother) in the silence of your heart about your future hopes and dreams as you journey with him within you and around you.

We now thank the Holy Spirit for her presence in us at this time.

Glory be to the Father….

A prayer for reflection:

What is this seed which God has planted,

unasked, uncompromised, unseen?

Unknown to everyone but angels this gift has been.

 

And who am I to be the mother,

to give my womb at heaven´s behest,

to let my body be the hospice

and God the Guest?

 

Oh, what a risk in such a nation,

in such a place, at such a time,

to come to people in transition

and yet in prime.

 

What if the baby I embody

should enter life deformed or strange,

unable to be known as normal,

to thrive or to change?

 

What if the world, for spite, ignores him,

and friends keep back and parents scorn,

and every fear of every woman

in me is born?

 

Still, I will want and love and hold him,

his cry attend, his smile applaud.

I’ll mother him as any mortal,

and just like God.

We say together: Glory be to the Father……..

(Taken from ´Cloth for the Cradle´ a Wild Goose resource)

Who is she? Living by the seaside with Charlie her four legged friend.

 

 

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