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I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.

Psalm 77:11-12
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In Luke, we find Mary leaning into curiosity as she ponders the story of the shepherds and how they came to find her and Jesus (Luke 2:19). And before that moment, she wondered how she would become pregnant as a virgin, asking the angel, “How will this be?” (Luke 1:34). Farther back in the story we read that she was troubled and discerning when the angel first greeted her and called her “favored one” (Luke 1:29). What we find in Mary is not a silent woman who is stepped all over, but a woman who thinks deeply, considers her situation, and is curious about what God is up to. She is also a woman who moves and acts, knowing that she cannot carry this calling alone. She carries it to her cousin (Luke 1:39).

not alone

Mary runs to share her reality and curiosity with Elizabeth, and Elizabeth rejoices in the magnificent and miraculous words of God. Elizabeth pours blessing out on Mary. She speaks love and truth, and she shares in the work God is doing in her as well, attesting to the reality of what Mary is going through (Luke 1:40–45). Mary is not alone.

Both women carry a physical miracle. As Elizabeth has experienced the shame of barrenness, Mary is subject to the judgment of her virgin birth and eventual pain and humiliation of her son. Elizabeth knows Mary needs her love, support, and a reminder of God’s presence with her. She offers this joyfully. Both women are in awe of God’s wondrous works, and they share in it together.

cultivating wonder

As the women shared in wonder, they cultivated curiosity and gave courage. Many of us have lost our sense of wonder. Throughout the years we were quieted, we were told we asked too many questions, or maybe we were told we should not ask questions. Questions, wonder, and curiosity were the enemies of truth. Yet these things lead to deeper and richer truth. The exploration of our doubts and voicing our questions grows in us space to receive what God may be saying in different ways through a variety of people. After all, God is a creator! His creativity is far beyond our imagination, and we will never out-question God! We are invited to stay curious, listen to God, and connect in community. In community we share, we receive, and we explore what God is doing and saying in each of us. We pay attention to how he is moving through others, remaining open to new ways he is revealing his truth. We stay curious and we see the beauty of his creativity in and through his creation. We don’t want to miss it!

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My source of community and connection is in a season of newness at the new church I am attending with my fiancé. God has brought me so far in the past four years. Our pastors wife started this small group with the series of Bible study. I have anxiously awaited for a new study group.

My community includes my Dad, my boyfriend, my kids, my framily- friends that are family- and hopefully a new group of women who have a love of the Lord and learning more about His word and how we can be the best versions of ourselves as God intended.

my source of community has been off for almost two years . My Good Friend colleen helps my walk with Jesus she is the one who asked me to do this with her Im so happy my Daddy My Jesus has shown her this, and communicates through her acts for his greater God.

My husband, my family & my friends are the most important community of connection. My sisterhood group plays an important role in the teachings of Jesus and I’m grateful for the connection with the ladies in my group. Feeling blessed

My source of community and connection recently has been my sisterhood group! These ladies have filled my cup to overflowing with love and support. They truly point me to Jesus and l hope that l am able to give them the same love and support they give me when they need it!

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