Before Jesus’ birth, the angels appeared to some shepherds on the hillside outside Bethlehem. They came announcing good news of peace and renewal – tidings of comfort and joy.
We asked 25 people to prepare a meditation for us to read and listen to every day through Advent. We are delighted to share their work with you.
God bless you as you read, listen and pray.
Luke 1: 46 – 56
46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
This passage comes after the Angel Gabriel has visited Mary and is called The Magnificat, Mary’s song of praise. The thing that I love about this passage is Mary’s unfaltering trust in God. Mary had just been told that she was going to give birth to the son of God and she had no idea where her journey with God would take her, but her faith assures her that God knew and had a plan for her. It is generally believed that Mary was around 14 when she was pregnant with Jesus. I’m 15 and the thought of having a baby, particularly the Son of God, seems absolutely terrifying so I really admire Mary’s strength, willingness to obey God and most of all the trust in Him that she has. Sometimes I can be a bit of an overthinker and a worrier and so Mary’s story reminds me I can trust what God has planned. I’d like to get better at this and maybe following Mary’s example is something we can all be thinking about this Advent.
I find it amazing that Mary’s words in the Magnificat are so full of hope for the future. She is wholeheartedly worshiping God and finding hope in her faith and knowledge of God’s power. Mary had so much to deal with – she had been visited by an Angel who told her that she would give birth to the son of God – yet she found time to praise the Lord.
Knowing that God is with us whatever the future brings has brought me a lot of comfort and hope, especially over lockdown when everything was so uncertain. Mary says that the same is true for her: she knows that God will help her and be merciful just as He promised her ancestors. God supported Mary when she was at her most vulnerable and Mary was still singing His praises. That gives me hope that we will never face anything alone and that we will always have things to thank and praise Him for. God loves us and he will always be by our side.