On this fourth Sunday of Advent, we take a step closer to the manger, spending time with Mary, the mother of Jesus. Our text returns us to the home of Elizabeth and Zechariah where Mary finds refuge in the early days of her pregnancy. What did it mean for her to find safe space in the midst of that uncertain time? How did that safe haven impact her capacity to be “Theotokos,” or “God-Bearer”—the one who provided the first home and safe space for God incarnate? We’ll ponder these things along with our own experiences of giving and receiving sanctuary.
Scripture passage: Luke 1:39-55
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