Every mother who experiences the nine-month miracle of childbirth knows about waiting, wondering, hoping, dreaming and praying. Imagine how those emotions and experiences were for the mother of God incarnate. Told by the angel Gabriel that she, while still a virgin, would bring to birth the Son of God who would save the world, Mary lived in the tension between “How can this be?” and “Nothing is impossible with God.” As COVID-19 disrupts our lives and our faith practices, many of us find ourselves in this middle ground between “already” and “not yet.” What can we learn in this state, and how can we grow?

Download a study guide for “Living in Mary’s time,” which appeared in Living Lutheran’s December 2020 issue. The free guide includes four pages of discussion questions and a copy of the article.

Robert C. Blezard
Robert C. Blezard is pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, Md., and editor of Living Lutheran's study guides. Previously he served as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod.

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