Thursday December 21 2017


Scripture: Luke 1:39-56

Key verses: (46-55)
46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

Reflection: In this speech or song from Mary, we hear her understanding of what this baby will mean for the world. Jesus is not even born and his accomplishments are grand. It comes from faith. Mary has faith that this child will transform the world and bring light into the dark places.

This is the third week of advent. Those little Advent candles have a lot of darkness to overcome this year. The advent candles shine brightly in the Sanctuary and in Celebrate worship.  The flames represent the divine promise that even the smallest light can chase away the shadows in this world. The light is not only in the church. Look around and see the lights glowing in windows of our homes, in hospitals and in Las Vegas.  We have faith that even in the darkest places, God cannot be kept out.

It’s a hard promise to have faith when the darkness seems so heavy and thick. Mary is scared. We are scared.

Let us have faith that the light will shine into all of the dark places of our lives and throughout the world. May we claim the hope that the light shines in the darkness and the darkness will not overcome it.

Prayer: God, give us a bold faith like Mary. Even when we are scared, may we have a deep faith in the light of your love.  Amen.

Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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