The Greatest Gift 2: Under Cloudy Skies (Giving Up on Perfect)

The world has a way of situating us underneath dark skies, telling us it’s meant to be that way, telling us it always will be. Standing underneath those clouds, we begin to see things in terms of impossible, impossible, impossible, impossible…We become stagnant, immobilized.

Then, the Christmas story unsettles us. Because you have a person–Mary–who had dark, dark clouds overhead. She had every reason to believe in impossibility. She would have been justified if she declared, I’m not stepping forward until this sky clears and these stars align. She does the opposite. When a messenger of God invites her to initiate a miracle–the greatest gift Jesus–she says, Let it be. Under cloudy skies, she essentially says, Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. 

Mary’s story (and eventually the story of Jesus) shows us something about God’s plan. She shows us that God’s plan is…us. In the end, God gets the final word, and it will be right. But here and now, God has given us a gift in chaos: Jesus Christ. God’s plan is an invitation: Receive this gift, follow me and become my agent of justice by my power–even in the midst of chaos; let peace begin with YOU. 

Message from Sunday, December 6, 2015.

Image: Le Breton, Jacques ; Gaudin, Jean. Annunciation, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved December 7, 2015]. Original source: Collection of Anne Richardson Womack.



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