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Lenten Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Monday, December 14, 2020  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Luke 1:46–55

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.” (NRSV)

The Magnificat. I think of the number of times I have heard it sung at a Christmas Eve service. Of this testament to Mary’s extraordinary, unquestioning faith. Of readers often questioning what they would do if they were put in the same position. Would their faith give them the strength to sing God’s praises when being asked to perform such a monumental task?

Personally, I am pretty sure my answer would be something along of the lines of “Thanks, but no thanks, can you find someone else?” But what if that is not the right question to be asking? What if instead we focused on all the great works God has done that Mary lifts up. And now, through his lowly servant Mary, God is going to do the most extraordinary thing. What could God do or what is God trying to do through me, today? I too am a servant of God and instrument of God’s creation.

While Mary’s faith is enviable, God using God’s servants to do great work is not unique. Throughout the Bible, God’s servants come from the most unlikely of places. My contribution may not be as grand as Mary’s; probably my name won’t be known throughout the generations. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have a part in creating God’s kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.

God of many wonders and miracles, give me the strength and courage to be an instrument of your creation. Amen.

Written by Katie Patterson, Youth Ministry Program Manager

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