Advent – Week Three

My Soul Magnifies the Lord
words and music by Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carsen

Good news of great joy
For every woman, every man
This will be a sign to you
A baby born in Bethlehem

Come and worship, do not be afraid

A company of angels
Glory in the highest
And on the Earth peace among
Those on whom His favor rests

My soul, my soul magnifies the Lord
My soul magnifies the Lord
He has done great things for me
Great things for me

Unto you a child is born
Unto us a Son is giv’n
Let every heart prepare His throne
In every nation under Heav’n

Of His government
There will be no end
He’ll establish it with His righteousness
And He shall reign on David’s throne
And His name shall be from this day on
Wonderful, Counselor, Everlasting Father

As you read through Luke 1: 25-38, you get to eavesdrop on the conversation between Mary and the angel. It ends with angel saying,

“For no word from God will ever fail.”

And then Mary responds,

“I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me according to your word.”

These few words changed the entire world! In this short encounter with an angelic being, Mary changed from beaing fear-filled to confident in her calling! WOW! Think about the reality of such a moment!

Mary’s life is turned upsidedown by a few words, a belief that God’s word will never fail and the reality that she will be with child. ‘”God has a surprise for you!” is the angel’s word, as we read it in The Message. God is coming into Mary’s life, will grow inside her. She will be pregnant with God.’ * Pregnant with God!

And as we continue into Luke 1: 46-55, we read Mary’s confirming song:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for He has been mindful of His servant.”

Such an amazing affirmation of God’s care and rule over Mary’s life!

Does your song to God sound like Mary’s? Have you recently been faced with a difficult reality? Have you been able to say to God, “may it be to me according to your word”? I think most of us can say those words would be hard to say honestly. If we take time to look and really examine Mary’s example of faith and trust in God, we can learn what it means to put our life in His hands – our whole being into His care.

Christmas Challenge:

Pull out a journal or a few sheets of paper, write an entry in which you summarize the Christmas story without looking at the text. After your summary, focus more specfically on Mary. Try to imagine what it would have been like to face what Mary faced, made decision Mary made. Write down your thoughts. Lastly, read through Luke 1: 46-55. Challenge yourself to write down your version of Mary’s song.

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* Excerpt from A Miraculous Journey written by Marty A. Bullus.

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