Advent Week 4 Devotional
Advent Week Four
 
Luke 1:46b-49
"My soul magnifies the Lord, 
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
 
This passage from Luke is called “Mary’s Song.”  Mary, the mother of Jesus, sings it when her cousin Elizabeth recognizes that she is carrying a special child from God.
 
She is not singing it because everything is going well for her.  In fact, she has gone to see Elizabeth to run away from her problems for a while.  She is young, engaged, and pregnant but the child is not her betrothed.  In her culture, being pregnant out of wedlock is a capitol offense.  In that moment when Elizabeth greets her by crying, “God has blessed you above all women, and he has blessed the child you carry”, she realizes the both great honor and the great responsibility of carrying the future Savior of world.  Perhaps, even in her overwhelming awe, her fear also grows.  Fear of what others will do and say, fear of not being good enough, fear of making a mistake.  But even in the midst of her fear, she says “Yes” once again to God’s plan.
 
This passage reminds me of a more modern song - Amy Grant’s “Breath of Heaven.” In this song, she speaks for Mary like this.
 
(God) Do you wonder as you watch my face
If a wiser one should have had my place?
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of Your plan
Help me be strong, help me be, help me

 Isn’t that all any of us can do even in the midst of our fears and uncertainties?  First we offer all we are to God and then pray like crazy that God helps us?
 
God of Mystery,
We offer to you this day, all that we are.  Help us be strong.  Help us be.  Help us.  Amen.