Friday, December 23, 2016


Daily reading: Luke 1:26-55
December 23, 2016

Focus passage:
46 Mary said,
“With all my heart I glorify the Lord!
47     In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.

48 He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant.
    Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored
49         because the mighty one has done great things for me.
Holy is his name.
50     He shows mercy to everyone,
        from one generation to the next,
        who honors him as God.
51 He has shown strength with his arm.
    He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations.
52     He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones
        and lifted up the lowly.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    and sent the rich away empty-handed.
54 He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
        remembering his mercy,
55     just as he promised to our ancestors,
        to Abraham and to Abraham’s descendants forever.”

Mary’s song encourages us to listen to the voices of those on the margins, not to those who already have the power,
but to hear the voiceless and trust that God will use unlikely people who are ready and prepared to respond to the call.
What we wait for in Advent is for God to come near once again. 

We wait week after week to be reminded how God cares for us,
for everyone.  God is concerned with those who have too much food and for those who have little or none.  God cares about the complexities and intricacies of our lives, of our governments, of the structures we move and live in.  And God calls us to respond to the grace, mercy and love that God has for us in our daily living. 

We prepare by already knowing it is so.  We prepare by making room for God once again, embracing the mercy and grace of our God.

Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus in our Advent waiting.  Amen.

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