Joy doesn’t wait for the struggle to be over. Mary “rejoices” during her pregnancy, a state of affairs that would have put her in a position of dishonor among her people. She sings out powerfully because she knows that this turn of events will usher in the Presence of justice for the oppressed and freedom for the captive. What happens when we join in her prophetic chorus of joy?
This is the third week in the series, “Heaven and Nature Sing: 300 Years of ‘Joy to the World.'” Pastor Mary’s message is based on Isaiah 35: 1-10 and Luke 1: 46b-55. To read it, click here. Watch Clark Griswold’s unabashed joy decorating his house in this clip from “Christmas Vacation.”