“Hope in the Mess" (Mary)
Luke 1:26-38, Jeremiah 29:11, Titus 2: 11-13
An angel appeared to Mary with the news that she would bear a child, Jesus, the Messiah, who would bring with Him the gift of hope in the midst of a messy world and our messy lives.
The first Christmas was messy: an unwed mother, a father thinking of leaving, a child born in a stable, and a birth announcement to lowly shepherds. The first Christmas was messy because life is messy. Christmas isn't about a picture-perfect moment; it's about a God who meets us in the mess. In Jesus, God entered into the mess of our world and our lives with the promise and call to something better.