Monday, 5 December 2016

Advent 30 Day Retreat: Day 8

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies

Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.(Luke 1:56)

Three months would appear a long time to stay with someone especially as Mary was pregnant and would be experiencing all the discomforts of early pregnancy.

Luke has insight into the faith of Mary and how she was a woman who was prepared to suffer to bring about the Kingdom. This small suffering in pregnancy is a beginning of a life of discipleship and later on we read of greater challenges in the journey into Egypt and back in order to protect the child Jesus.

Mary is the first disciple and we can all learn from her. Mary is a woman of prayer and faithfulness and her faith has been recognised by Elizabeth when she says that Mary is blessed because she believes what God has promised will come true.
One ministry we are all capable of is to walk with someone who is struggling. Just like Mary staying the journey with Elizabeth you may want to reflect on which person are you called to journey with.

It could be a sick relative in a nursing home. It could be spending time with a work colleague who is having a relationship difficulty. It could be visiting a mother with a new baby. 

Discipleship is not always exciting but the small things we do for others is one way the Kingdom is manifest in our society.