But to carry and bring to birth God's dreams in the world - however seemingly small and fragile they are - what a magnificent honour. Mary recognized this, depsite the great cost she bore, a pregnant teenager who could easily be killed or abandoned because of her situation, and a mother who would one day see her son murdered before her own eyes. "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of His servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His name." (Luke 2)
What are the things I have deemed too costly to carry? Let my heart be stirred this advent season by the song of a vulnerable, pregnant teenager, confident in the goodness of God.