Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 10, A Girl's Song

For a young, uneducated, Israelite girl, she must have thought a good long time to come up with something this beautiful. Makes sense when you read the verses I wrote about on Sunday, how she "treasured up all these things and pondered them". She seems to know God's character very well; that must have brought her much trust and hope in the years to come, as she watched her baby grow into the God-Man who would defeat death. 

My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations 
will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And 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 mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent empty away.
He has helped his servant Israel
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.

- Mary's song, the Magnificat, from Luke 1:46b-55

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