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Parallel Tracks

Hanging out before heading out after the morning services.  

Yesterday Pastor Ray brought the 4th message in our Advent Sermon Series called Come Stand Amazed.  So far we’ve looked at Peace (Shalom), the Hope of the Shepherds, the Love of Joseph; yesterday we turned our attention to the Joy of Elizabeth.
Ray read from Luke 1:26-38 and said…
Do you notice what just happened here? Mary’s story, her miracle, her apparent significance in God’s story, has just eclipsed Elizabeth’s.
“Did you hear about the old lady who got pregnant?” “Yea, but did you hear about the virgin who got pregnant?”
“Did you hear it was to her old man of a husband?” “Yea, but did you hear the virgin got pregnant by God himself.”
“Did you hear Elizabeth’s baby is going to be a great prophet of God?” Yea, but did you hear that Mary’s baby is going to be the ‘Son of God.’”
Mary stole Elizabeth’s thunder.
And yet Elizabeth chose joy.  
We can do the same when something (circumstances,  bad news, etc.) tries to rob you of your joy.  Ray pointed out that joy and sorrow are like two train tracks.  He said….
If you look down train tracks into the brightness of the horizon, the tracks become one. You can’t distinguish them as two separate tracks. That’s how it will be for us, too. One day, our parallel tracks of joy and sorrow will merge into one. The day we meet Jesus Christ in person and see the brightness of who he is, it will all come together for us. Then it will all make complete sense.
 You can watch, read or listen to yesterday’s message by going here:
Even When Someone Steals Your Thunder Choose Joy