Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The World is About to Turn

I taught Sunday school a few weeks ago. I took the lesson out of Adam Hamilton's book, Not a Silent Night. For chapter 4, Mary, Full of Grace, he suggests using the song "Canticle of the Turning," a rewriting of the Magnificat, as a part of the lesson.

This is the chorus:
My heart shall sing of the day you bring.Let the fires of your justice burn.Wipe away all tears,For the dawn draws near,And the world is about to turn.
The world is about to turn. Mary, in her song, sees the world as it is, and she sees what the coming of Jesus will mean. Christ will bring justice and mercy to God's people. She, though her obedience, will make it possible. This is part of why she is said to be "full of grace." She has received the grace fo God, and she knows it. She knows what it means to respond, by sharing grace with the world. And she knows the difference it will make - that it can cause the world to turn.

Where in your life do you need to share the grace of God? Where in your life, and in the lives of those around you, can you be God's light? Where can you cause the world to turn?

We spend so much time complaining about the world around us, and yet, how are we changing it? To whom are we offering grace?

It isn't easy, and I know it isn't something I want to do, but even so - think of the person in your life to whom you do not want to offer grace? And then go offer it. And the world is about to turn.

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