“Salvation” does not
Mean liberation from tasks
We alone can do
Haiku by Vic Hummert
Worship on Sunday centers on the song of Mary. Upon being told that she is to bear the hope of the world, that even then the pulse of promise resided within her, Mary says “yes” to magnifying God.
She says yes, she sets out on a journey in order to share the news and ponder what it might mean for her. She sits in the company of an older kinswoman, Elizabeth, and it is then that her soul sings revolution song: the mighty will be brought down, the poor lifted up, and the world forever changed by the child in her womb.
Mary agreed to magnify holiness.
So too might we. We might open ourselves to holy invitation to nurture within and through us the healings and witness that we are uniquely called to share. The tasks we alone can do are as wildly and wonderfully different as we are.
Day by day the invitation to be magnifiers is delivered.
Through our “yes” we participate in the deliverance of “those who walk in darkness and the shadow of death” (Isaiah 9:2).
We offer light to those struggling with heart aches and despair.
We work for justice in order that the hungry might be fed.
We pay attention to the ways we are kin to all of creation.
We begin to act from the place of love.
We trust the life and love growing within us and we agree to consider what it might mean to apprehend ourselves as pregnant with promise.
“Yes” changes everything.