The reading for today is Luke 1:46b-55, KJV.
46b) "My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47) And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
48) For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49) For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
50) And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
51) He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52) He hath put down the mighty from their seats and exalted them of low degree.
53) He hath filled the angry with good things; and the rich he hah send empty away.
54) He hath holpen his servant Israel in remembrance of his mercy;
55) As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed forever."
As the season of Christmas draws near, I find I really miss the days when having a manger scene on public property wasn't deemed "politically incorrect." In the small town where I grew up, there was a huge manger scene on the front lawn of our courthouse. The Wise Men were there with their camels and gifts; lambs and cows and shepherds with their crooks; a bright star hung above, and there were angels above and alongside. In the center of the manger on a floor of hay were Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. I was always struck with how beautiful Mary looked, almost glowing, with her head slightly bowed and tilted and smiling down at her son.
As you read Mary's song, the Magnificat, above, can't you just picture her radiance? Her humility? Her soul filled with thanks for what God had done in the past and for what he promises for the future? There's not even an inkling of pride in her when she says, "For, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed." She is acknowledging that God has blessed her, and by that blessing God will bless all who follow and accept Jesus as our Savior.
Be radiant as you spread the word, and the light. Be grateful for God's gifts. Feel blessed as you experience the abundant good that surrounds you, even in the midst of a storm. Mary knew, as we know, God is good -- all the time.
Gracious Lord, let us wear the world as a loose garment, flowing in the breeze of your goodness. Help us to be a light for another's dark day. Grace us with compassion, and love, so we too can radiate your love. Amen.
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Prayer Concern: All mothers.