December 21 – Mary’s Song

Luke 1:46-55:

And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
  and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
    For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
 And 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 mighty from their thrones
    and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.
 He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
    to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

 And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.

 

Mary breaks out in song, where she looks at what God is doing in the midst of what her new reality is. She recognizes her role in the narrative God is building, and recognizes that its because of what God is doing. While she recognizes the fame likely to come with being the mother of the Eternal King, she points to God who blessed her in this way.

She points to the work that God is doing among the people. She looks at the lowering of the proud, the rich, the mighty. She remembers that what God has promised for his people. She remembers the promise to be a blessing to all the nations. She knows the role the eternal king will have, and gives God the glory for the things about to happen.

Often when life is well and blessings abound, we forget to give praise where it is due. We often revel in the blessing instead of pointing to God. Mary, in her wisdom, points to God.

 

Prayer:

Dear God,

Thank you for Mary’s example. We are excited to see the eternal king’s reign. We can’t wait to see you fulfill your promises. We want to keep our focus on you, even in the midst of blessings.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

 

Carol of the Day:

My Soul Magnifies the Lord

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGLMX-du4_Y

 

Family Activity:

Costumed Karaoke

Similarly to the Christmas Carol time, this involves singing songs together, but this time, with a pretend microphone and dressing up. Pick songs both Christmas themed, and favorites of yours. Make this more laid back and an opportunity to make fun of yourself.

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