It is the last day of advent, the last day of our journey with Mary.Tomorrow is Christmas and we will celebrate the joy and hope of Jesus' birth to a virgin in a stable. But that's tomorrow.
Today we are still waiting.
Today we get to be still with Mary in her joys.
Her joy of motherhood.
Her joy of seeing her son fulfil his ministry.
Her joy of being there to help and support even when it was hard.
God tasked Mary with a massive job which she did despite it's hardship and sorrow, but we are today reminded that in her journey there was joy.
So as we come to Christmas let's offer thanks for Mary, for her presence with us in our advent journey, for her lessons to us and for her joy which reflects our own joys.
Prayer of the day
Father we have journeyed through advent waiting for your birth, we have journeyed with Mary in her waiting and her watching, her mothering and her following, her sorrow and her joy. We thank you for the learning and deepening we have experienced this advent and ask that this might continue through Christmas and on through the months ahead. Amen