Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)

Reformation scholar Roland Bainton in his introduction to Martin Luther’s Christmas Book reflected on Luther’s importance of Mary in the nativity theo-drama. “The virgin birth appeared to him a trivial miracle compared with the Virgin’s faith.”

Mary’s faithfulness is an overwhelming part of the Christmas story and the Christian story for that matter. From Jesus’ birth, to the family’s flight to Egypt to escape persecution, to Jesus’ world altering ministry, to his death on the cross and resurrection. Mary is the one constant. Joseph fades away, the disciples deny and depart, but Mary’s faithfulness remains, from the manger to the empty tomb. Mary’s faith was indistinguishable from Mary’s life.

Late Saturday evening I received a call on my cell phone. The area code said Denver, a number I didn’t recognize. But something pulled at my heart. I picked up not knowing who was on the other end. A woman’s soft voice tinged with Texas draw began to speak. “I’m sorry to tell you that my sister Lee McGinty died.” The wind left me. Our friend, our organist, our sister in Christ, our Lee.

Lee was an outstanding organist and a wonderful person. But her organ playing to me is a trivial miracle compared with Lee’s faith. Throughout her life Lee never left the organ bench. Every Sunday. Even Sunday’s she took off from St. Timothy she always played at another church. Like Mary, Lee’s faithfulness each and every Sunday was Lee’s life. She used her God given talent to give her time and talent back to God. Lee, beloved child of God, your faith, like Mary’s, now ends with the empty tomb.

“Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise.” Martin Luther

Peace in Christ,

Pr. Dan Joyner Miller