MARY’S SONG OF PRAISE
by Julie Schoville
Luke 1:46b-55 “And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord!’” v. 46
Mary is exclaiming her joy in God. As we have prepared for the coming of the Christ child we sing in Thanksgiving, in celebration, in remembrance and in proclamation of the promise made to our ancestors. Just as God regarded the lowliness of his handmaid and has done great things for Mary in making her the mother of His Son, so too he has put down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the lowly. Magnificat is more than a prayer of praise. It reminds us of the link between humility and holiness. “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” Let Mary’s soul be in us to glorify the Lord.
+Does your soul magnify the Lord?
+Do people see Christs’ love and goodness in you?
+Are you letting God work within you to accomplish his will?
God, this is the day you have made.
Come now Lord Jesus, so I may rejoice and be glad in it.
Come now Lord Jesus, so I may surrender to you my agenda and to-do list.
Come now Lord Jesus, so I may receive today your love from the ones you have blessed to give it to me.
Come now Lord Jesus, so I may share today your love with the ones you have blessed me to give it to.
Come now Lord Jesus, so I, all people, and all creation may be awake and ready for the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ, and the glorious end of days.