Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas without carols? Part Two

Listen to it again with a more contemporary version  -   (the book of books)

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed;
the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him, from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm and has scattered the proud in their conceit, Casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty.
He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, to remember his promise of mercy, The promise made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

I Am So Blessed!

Through song Mary is saying ‘I am so blessed’.   How incredible is this young woman?   That amidst the obvious complications and consequences of what is happening in her life.  Despite the abrupt and head spinning, change in her life.  Mary feels blessed and is able to praise the greatness of God.

Because don’t you feel at times that praising God is not always easy to do?  You know, when life is not always wonderful, super, couldn’t get any better thank you – sometimes praise of God’s greatness is the furthest things from our thoughts.  Or is that just me??!  There are times when praising God, worshipping God – magnifying the Lord, is difficult to do.

Let’s not make any mistake here – Mary is not unfazed by what is happening.  Believe it or not, becoming pregnant and being the mother of  God’s son was not on her list of things to do and be before I am 21!  Mary is not unconcerned as to how this is going to be viewed by others.  Mary is not lacking somewhat in her upper story (she’s not daft!).   But despite how she may personally feel about how her life is now going the pan out she understands enough about the greatness of her God to know how blessed she truly is. 

And rather than shouting out ‘this is too much, too hard, unfair’ she chooses to sing ‘I am so blessed’

She chooses in these moments to not sit with her head in her hands thinking ‘I’m in for it now – big time!’  but to acknowledge in her heart that she is highly favoured, honoured, privileged.  God has made her his choice.
Chosen by God the prophet Jeremiah cries out ‘but I am too young’.  Moses says ‘what about my speech impediment’  When Noah was asked to build a boat you can bet he is thinking ‘How big??’.  When Sheila was called to be an officer, she made sure that God knew that he was the funniest comedian she had ever heard!   But all come to know how privileged it is to be chosen of God.  And Mary delights in this knowledge.  God has made her his choice.  

Mary sings to the Lord realising that she  a ‘nobody’ was a ‘somebody’ in the eyes of her Maker.  She has worth.  She has meaning.  A purpose in Gods great plan.  God is ‘mindful of me’.  This peasant girl in Palestine.  Yet God has placed her on an invisible  pedestal and makes her feel 10 feet tall making feel like no one else could ever make her feel.
Do you feel that way?  Or do you still feel as though your life is of little consequence in the grand scheme of things?
We who are saved – are chosen and our life’s are of great worth in the eyes of our maker.  God has blessed us with his grace – undeserved but so freely given. 
We are so blessed – he is mindful of us and his gaze is upon us and in him we have meaning and purpose.

I Am Humbled!

Through song Mary is saying ‘I am so blessed’  and Mary is also ‘I am humbled’
He could have chose anyone.  A princess in a great palace.  Someone at least of noble birth.   But a peasant girl in Galilee?  I am so humbled!  She sings.


Major Sheila Loman
Commanding Officer
Birkenhead, UK

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