“Our Relationship to Place” – Luke 1:39-45 – Pastor Bruce Lerum

Going to certain places has a way of arousing memories.

Those memories may be welcomed …or not.

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” – Isaiah 9:2

Mary chose to go to a place that was a place of assurance and support.

Our relationship to places, how we receive them, is shaped by the experiences we associate with those places.

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.” – Titus 2:11

Our relationship to God is likewise shaped by experiences in specific places with specific people.

God invites us into places of comfort and challenge.

“In a loud voice [Elizabeth] exclaimed [to Mary]: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!” – Luke 1:42


Study Questions:

1. Visiting places from our past arouses certain types of memories. How do you choose where you want to visit?

2. At times when we have no choice but to return to places of unpleasant memories, how do we avoid going to that “dark place” in our memory banks? Do we avoid it or face it?

3. Our relationship with God undergirds all of our relationships and therefore, how we face memories. When is the last time you were confronted with such a reality?

4. The holidays are not a time of joyful anticipation for many. Can you identify with them? Why? How do you deal with it?

5. How might you be a conduit of helping someone else change that mindset?