Tuesday: December 17

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 Jayne Chafin, First Christian Church, Ravenswood

            The Great Magnificat!   Words of beauty and praise.  We celebrate with Mary as she sings her praise to God.  We sing great songs of wondering what Mary knew or didn’t know.  Even as we’re celebrating His coming into the world, we’re asking questions about his destiny.

Songs like “Mary, Did You Know” and “I Wonder as I Wander” keep us mindful of the reason for Jesus’ coming to us, to the world.  But while we wonder what was going through this


young mother-to-be’s thoughts, the Magnificat, pulls us back a bit.

Mary is not worried here.  She’s celebrating.  She’s thankful.  Mary is clearly living in the moment, living in faith and celebration, hope and joy, expectation and thankfulness, all rolled into one.  “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”

I hope that we can all feel that and live it, in the here and now.  The future is in God’s hands.  Today is a day to give thanks and celebrate.  Thanks be to God.

As you have given yourself to us, O Lord,

help us to give freely and with unbounded joy!


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