Discerning Spirit

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:15-18 (New Revised Standard Version)

The stress and anxiety of not being good enough is a very real thing for me. Trying to measure up or please everyone is, at most times, an impossible task. The advent season brings that stress and anxiety to a whole different level. Hearing the Christmas story each year, I tend to question whether or not I am a good enough mother, wife, friend, or Christian in the eyes of God. Am I worthy to receive the wonderous gift that has been given through Jesus’ birth?

I wonder if at some point along the way Mary may have questioned the same thing. The last line in this scripture is, for me, the point where Mary decides that she is good enough. It is through the Discerning Spirit that I am reminded that I am a beloved child of God and, in his eyes, I am good enough.

Prayer:  May the power of the Holy Spirit help us to realize that we are good enough.

Laura – Cohort 3: Inspire. Ignite. Invite.

St. Paul Lutheran Church – Crossroads, Batesville, Indiana