December 17, 2022

The Soul that Magnifies the Lord

The moment Mary entered the room great and awesome things began to happen between and amidst herself and Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s baby leapt in her womb then Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Immediately she began speaking in a loud voice, blessing Mary, and the child Mary carried. Elizabeth was honored and overcome that “the mother of her Lord should come to visit her.”

Mary’s response is remembered to this day. It was filled with praise as she glorified God for choosing her, a humble maidservant to be the mother of his Son, the long expected and promised Messiah.

If we could have been a fly on the wall, in the midst of these two blessed women, each chosen by God to be part of the Christmas narrative. Who would have a needful role to play in bringing salvation to the nations.

If Mary’s praise of the Lord sounds familiar it is because we have read a similar praise in I Samuel as Hannah gave thanks to God for hearing her prayer and blessing her with a son, Samuel. Down through the ages women and men have lifted up a high praise, exalting God for his goodness, great, miraculous and wondrous works throughout the earth and in the lives of mortals.   

The soul that’s full of praise for God is full of life. Full of hope. Full of peace. Full of joy. Full of patience. Full of wisdom. Full of positivity and good energy. The soul that is full of God and focused on his goodness is a soul that is at peace with self and even with the trials and challenges of life; it cannot be quieted or hushed.  

Jesus, the heart that glorifies you is filled with praise. Let my heart be filled with praise and magnify you to others. Amen

Christmas Spirituality

Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! (Luke 1:46-47)

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