Thursday, 10 Dec 2020
And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
As I reflect on this piece of reading from the Bible, I am reminded of all the great things that the Lord has blessed me with despite the good times and the not so good times. We serve a ‘magnificent God’ who loves us no matter what. Putting our trust in the Lord at all times even when there is a lot of chaos, uncertainties, impossibility, when our faith is shaken by what we see and hear around us today should not be an excuse for us to continue to know, see, feel and experience God’s love and grace in our lives.
We read about Mary’s song of rejoice as she blesses the Lord with her magnificent words of worship. As we once again remember in unison the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, we should fill our hearts with hope for a new beginning. As good Christians, we must continue to make a habit of having a life of worship for the Lord, a life that is full of hopes and vision for our families, children and those around us whose lives we impact.
The song from Mary sets a great example to us as Christians that we must always give thanks and praises to the Lord our God for his endless and countless blessings. These verses teach us that we can praise the Lord despite our circumstances. As Christians, these verses also remind us that His grace is ever sufficient even though we may not feel it otherwise.
You may be feeling down, going through some hardships, neglected or sad, if you have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, then you have all the reasons why to celebrate and shout your hearts out with joy as we celebrate together the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ!
God bless you!
Ruci Senikula works for CBM’s partner, the Pacific Disability Forum, and is responsible for work in the areas of Youth, Indigenous People with Disabilities, as well as budgeting, which is inclusive of the needs of people with disabilities. Ruci lives with a vision impairment