Saturday, July 05, 2008

mary and elizabeth

I have been coaching leaders in Auckland and Hamilton over yesterday and today. We have been Dwelling in Luke 1:39-45 and have found it deeply nourishing as we reflect on leadership and mission today.

God, life-giver
like Mary and Elizabeth,
so many people know you are at work
without being told
among the ordinary and the everyday,
in the child and the unexpected.

God give us the good sense
to trust our intuition and our bodies,
the courage to act,
in haste and through disturbance

And so, God, may our we discover again that mission is joy,
and that we are
traders in hope,
nurturers, for life that is both now and not yet

Posted by steve at 03:38 PM


  1. Steve,

    I went to the Ecclesia Project in chicago in 2004 and the theme was ‘singing Mary’s song’. a number of great papers and sessions were based around the magnificat. Their site may still have some of these,


    Comment by Andrew — July 7, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

  2. thanks andrew. I like the narrative more than the poetry of the magnificant. Not sure why, but it seems more grounded and earthly.

    the poetry of the magnificant demands you explain why it hasn’t happened, why the rich are still powerful. and that seems to move from imagination to intellect.


    Comment by steve — July 8, 2008 @ 9:43 am

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