The prophesy and the Nativity story both give significant clues as to God’s intention and activity. The prophets talk of something new emerging from something old, of a culture where all animals live peaceably together with no danger to humans; of the appearance of one who manifests characteristics of Almighty God himself. The foretelling emphasizes the determination of God to make this happen and the energy He will use to bring this about.
Furthermore, God’s design, energy, and essence are to be known throughout the earth by all. The birth narrative confirms prophesy and impresses on reader/hearer alike that the new being is conceived and nurtured by none other than the indomitable will of God.
Are we ready to see that both prophesy and Nativity story are what we want to claim for our own? Not simply a belief system but rather transformative agents in our individual lives? If we want that it can be ours.
Do we feel old in our spirits and want a new beginning? Are we weary of all the conflict in our lives? Do we yearn for a peace that passes understanding? Are we ready to encounter the prophetic voice deep within us, to dialog with it to learn if it has a special annunciation message for us? If so, become the scribe of your own wise messenger. Ask a question and write the reply. Allow your Inner Wisdom to give you the information you need so that you may, as did Mary, agree to cooperate with the process.
Ann Glover O’Dell
18 December 2017