This week's reflection reminds us of the real story of Christmas.
Reflection of the Week - 19 November 2019
Posted in Faith
Mary's response to the news that she would bear the Son of God was remarkable.
She was filled with joy and turned to praise God.
She knew that, not only was she blessed with this role in God's Big Picture,
But that God's faithfulness to Israel continued and His plans were coming to fruition - using her, a humble servant.
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 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.”
Luke 1: 47 - 55
How do you respond when an unexpected suprise comes your way?
Do you look at the the immediate cons, instead of the pros?
Do you look at the Big Picture, or get stuck in the present?
Take time to reflect on your response to God's work in your life.
Lord, in everything I do
may I recognise that it is all by Your Hand.
When situations arise - whether joyful or sad - may I still, like Mary, turn and praise you
Saying 'Blessed be the name of the Lord'
Thank you for your faithfulness and love for humanity
And for the joyful response of Mary, to your Good News.
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