The Time Between
The Advent of Jesus the promised Messiah brought great and disruptive changes to the lives of Joseph and Mary. They experienced God move in strange, beautiful, and unexpected ways: angelic visitations, a miraculous conception, tales of a heavenly choir, and the unexpected bounty of gifts from wealthy Magi. Then they were back to normal, whatever normal was for them.
The same can be true for us, as Pastor Mark teaches. We can see God move in surprising ways, only to have that time followed by the mundane or the disappointing. When that happens, we “ponder these things in our heart” as Mary did, and the memory of God’s intervention in our lives sustains us.