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My family is getting to that point where the next generation are having their first and second children. Now when we gather for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other events they come in, give everyone their obligatory hug, and proceed to pull out every single toy in the basement, play with it for an average of 5 seconds, and move onto something else. Nevertheless we all look on, either smiling at what they do or chasing them so they don't hurt themselves by falling down a flight of stairs. Scripture, in a manner of speaking, doesn't surprise me when it says that small and insignificant-looking things can and will produce a large and pervasive effect.

This can only happen, I suppose, when we come to appreciate something small as God's most powerful tool. Mary's sister Elizabeth certainly seemed to appreciate it. When Mary, a young lady of probably 15 or 16 years of age entered her house and greeted her she felt her own son, John, leap in her womb. Mary's greeting and the reaction of her unborn son prompted her to say “blessed are you among women” and “how is it that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” What Elizabeth knew in faith is not unlike what we know in love from looking at a little child. A relationship with our Savior is obviously different than watching a child play, but both fill us with words inexpressible. All we can do is look on with wonder and gratitude.

Indeed, we hear often among others who speak to the mother of a little child, “What a beautiful child, you're so lucky.” Perhaps it's not so different in tone next to 'blessed are you among women.'

The meeting between Mary and Elizabeth was also a meeting of the unborn Jesus Christ and John the Baptist. In the wombs of two women meeting in private rested the herald of a new age and the King of all ages. In the quiet privacy of a Jewish woman's home was a new era. Elizabeth, recognizing this silent revolution, rejoices. The author of Hebrews captures this feeling: he recounts that “in burnt offerings and sacrifice you did not desire” (cf. Heb 5:5-10) but rather God delighted in those who did his will.

No flashy work can produce the same fruit as a humble submission to God's will. The strange thing is that this very submission makes something even more wonderful then the spectacle a public sacrifice in the temple might have been. Mary is praised with such fantastic words because she believed “that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled.” She is not praised because she has worked some magnificent sign, but she is praised because she heard the voice of God, believed it, and acted on it with a simple 'yes.' This simple and private 'yes' changed her whole life, indeed it changed all of our lives.

This humility and trust produces, as it were, a light to the whole world. The feeling is not unlike that child who captures everyone's attention at a family party. Perhaps our own faith should be regarded as a little child—it is small and innocent and, when we look upon it, we regard it with infinite wonder and gratitude, seeking what's best for it because we realize the profound impact it really has on us and those around us.
This is an Advent reflection on Sunday's readings in 2012 (Dec 23rd). Please let me know what you think.
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Imaginer-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its the small every day things that make life as precious as it is. ^^ I feel that these days Ive been forgetting that. thank you for this piece!
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TESM Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, and thank you for following me as well. I hope you get a chance to see some of my other works!
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CalleighBlack Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Life in general is made up of small things that we deem to be important. Perhaps faith is kind of like that? There are lots of "big" things, but maybe the small things are important too.

(Sorry it took me so long to get to this. We had Helldone and then tour, but I'm glad I got to it.)
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Christian-Student Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Had trouble following your thoughts. Maybe I just read it too fast and it's late here. Maybe I should re-read. I do like a message on humility.
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TESM Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. It's not a treatise or anything, so perhaps it's the manner you're reading it. Well, if you decide to take a second look you can see if it was fatigue or my lac of presentation.
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Christian-Student Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I believe it's not a clear linear connection of humility through you piece. You leave it to the reader to assume that Elizabeth displays humility with her words--this is a cultural-sociological barrier of understanding >>> trying to say, not a clear and evident thing, and you leave it implied.
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TESM Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You may want to read again. I was talking primarily about Mary's humility and likening humility itself to the fragility of a small child, yet how powerful it is at the same time.
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Christian-Student Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Oh, that part was clearly expressed. I just thought you were trying to imply something else with your writing.
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TESM Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If I was, I wasn't aware of it.
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Christian-Student Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
ha!no worries
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