Reading Mary’s Magnificat each year reminds me that no matter what happens, our lives are part of a bigger picture. Pregnant and unmarried, Mary would have to make a long, uncomfortable trek to Bethlehem on a donkey’s back and finally give birth to her son in a barn. Yet after the angel’s words, Mary sang—because she knew God was doing something. In spite of her situation, she realized that she was privileged to be part of a larger movement of God’s mercy from generation to generation.
—Stephen P. West, “The Bigger Picture,” Light of Lights: Advent Devotions from The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide, compiled and edited by Robin Pippin (Upper Room Books, 2014)
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Mary said, “With all my heart I glorify the Lord!
In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.
He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant.
Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored.”
—Luke 1:46-48 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
O God, during this season give us eyes to see all around us signs of Christ’s love breaking into the world. Amen. —Prayer by Diane Luton Blum
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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