(Image: "Be Opened" by Pat Redding Scanlon, 2009, quilt)
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Carol Morehead, a candidate for holy orders from the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, is in her second year of study at Seminary of the Southwest, in Austin. Before seminary, Carol engaged in ministry in many ways for many years, most recently as the lay ministry coordinator at her home parish. She is a poet, writer, and sometimes musician who loves to travel and ask questions. The mother of three sons – two in college, and one in middle school – and wife to a psychodynamically oriented psychiatrist, she also has two cats and two big dogs. She and her family enjoy Led Zeppelin, jazz, soccer, and pizza!
Discussing this week's gospel reading, Luke 1:26-38, Carol said: "We live in a modern world, based on scientific hypotheses and observations. Even the most unscientifically minded of us is a product of the scientific revolution. So we come to this passage full of questions, seeking explanations, demanding that things make sense. Yet this is a story of faith. Gabriel, here for the second time in this first chapter of Luke, gives a birth announcement, much like that of Samson or John the Baptist. Only this birth is special, miraculous. Mary is confused at first, but Gabriel’s words reassure her: with God nothing is impossible. By accepting God’s initiation, Mary becomes part of the in-breaking of God into the world through the incarnation in Jesus. Mary accepts the unexplainable and offers herself to God’s service. What are the unexplainable things in your world today about which you seek answers from God? In what way may God be calling you to bring to birth some part of God’s kingdom?"
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