Advent Devotional: December 16
Mary was young, poor, and a female – all characteristics that would make her seem useless or unlikely for God to use her for any major task. Nevertheless, God choses Mary for one of the most important acts of trust and obedience ever demanded of anyone. With all of Mary’s doubts reconciled, her questions answered, and her faith planted firmly in the Lord, Mary sings in praise a song that has come to be known as the Magnificat.
And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor 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 forever.”
Mary shares the reasons she will be called blessed. It is not because of her, but because God is holy. God gets all the praise. She continues, singing God will tear down the proud and powerful, while rising up the humble and obedient, for God has not forgotten them.
Many times, I feel like an unlikely servant for God’s service, and it is in those moments that I have learned to sit and trust God and praise God for what he is calling me to do. Maybe it’s to be a foster parent, or an advocate for social justice, or to rest in the knowledge that God does great things through each of us if we will trust and sing His praise.
What is God calling you to do?
Trust Him. Praise Him. And together you can.
Ellen Mata, Director of Mission & Older Adult Programs