A Blessed & Wonderful Life
Scene: Luke 1:39-55
Biblical Character: Mary
Christmas Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life
Holidays can be hard for a lot of people and for so many different reasons. My stepdaughter Rachel has been through a lot in her life. She wasn’t supposed to live long after she was born. She has a shunt in her head. She had juvenile diabetes that caused liver damage as well as loss of vision. Yet with all those challenges she’s still smiling. She received a liver and kidney transplant about a year ago. She still has had recent challenges with her shunt malfunctioning as well as a tumor on her ovaries. Rachel is a miracle baby and she has a blessed life. It is indeed a wonderful life.
In the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey thought everyone would be better off if he had not been born. God sent him a wingless angel Clarence to show him how his life touched so many other people’s lives. In the end, George Bailey discovered he had a blessed life. A wonderful life!
Mary, the mother of our Lord and savior Jesus, came to the realization that she was the most blessed woman on earth when she visited Elizabeth. What an honor it was to be chosen by our Father in heaven to birth the savior of the world, Jesus Christ. Oh Mary, because of your obedience, we all have a blessed life. It’s a wonderful life!
More About Scenes of the Season
The Advent season is upon us, a time when we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ child at Christmas. This special season is full of familiar stories – from the family anecdotes that get told over and over again, to the holiday movie classics we watch year after year, to the well-known stories of scripture repeated each Advent. The four main characters in the Advent story, Mary, Joseph, Zechariah and Elizabeth, each had their own unique way of preparing for the first Christmas. This Advent, we will focus on the scenes in scripture that tell their story, revealing to us how we, too, are invited into the narrative and become a part of the Christmas scene. Invite a friend to join us for worship as we experience the joy and excitement that Christ brings to us through the Scenes of the Season.