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Advent Devotional - Dec. 18

Luke 1:46b-55


And Mary said,

‘My soul magnifies the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,

for he has looked with favour 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 for ever.’


Mary’s words are known as the Magnificat. Even now, as I read them I have so many questions for Mary. Mostly, I want to know how long it took from the time of questioning to the time of rejoicing. The scripture doesn’t tell us. Perhaps, you have heard some overwhelming news, something God has asked you to do, or a way of bearing God in the world…because really Mary is the theotokos…the God bearer. How is God asking you to bear God in the world? Are you overwhelmed? Questioning? Hiding? Rejoicing?


Prayer: God of wonder, you have asked each of us to bear you into our broken world in unique ways. Move us from a standstill to rejoicing. Amen.


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