Luke 1:46-55

And Mary said,
            “My soul magnifies the Lord,
                         and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
                         for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
            Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
                         for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
                        and holy is his name.
             His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
                        He has shown strength with his arm;
                        he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
                        He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
                                    and lifted up the lowly;
                        he has filled the hungry with good things,
                                    and sent the rich away empty.
                        He has helped his servant Israel,
                                    in remembrance of his mercy,
                                    according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
                                    to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”


            I’ve always loved Mary’s Song, these great words of praise and celebration and faith.  But I think I have a different perspective on them now, as a woman, as a mother, as a grandmother.  Given the laws of the day when Mary found herself pregnant and alone, uncertain at what her future would hold, uncertain of Joseph’s reaction or the rest of her family, I have come to marvel at her great faith to be able to sing to God, “God has done great things for me and holy is God’s name.”

            Let’s face it: bearing children is not always an easy job.  Sometimes you feel sick, you watch your body stretching in ways you never thought it could, and yet – yes, and yet – “my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”  Too often, we think we carry our burdens or even our bundles of joy alone.  Perhaps we should take a hint from Mary and know that God is with us, even through the hard times of ridicule and pain, and even in our joys.

Loving God, in this Holy Season,

may we open ourselves to sing with Mary,

may our souls proclaim your greatness,

and may we truly know

the great things you have done for us. 


Rev. Jayne Chafin

New Martinsville – First Christian Church