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.”


            from Wesley Howsare, Big Run Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Cameron, and Fork Ridge Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Glen Easton

            God confounds us with the way in which He accomplishes His will.  Rather than using a queen or princess, He uses an ordinary Jewish girl to give birth to His only son—the King of Kings, the Savior of all humanity.  And rather than have His son enter the world in a palace of gold and marble surrounded by royalty, Jesus enters it in a lowly, borrowed manger. 

            God shows us that it isn’t the rich and powerful that He calls for duty, but those of His children who accept His son Jesus into their lives, and who have His love and forgiving grace in their hearts. Like Mary, we praise God for His plan of salvation that brought Jesus to Bethlehem!  And we give thanks to God for using us, as ordinary and unworthy as we are, to serve others as part of that plan.


Heavenly Father, may we always be mindful

that you have chosen us to serve others

as partners in your plan of salvation for the world.