Advent Devotion – Monday, December 10

Read: Luke 1:46-56 

Centering Verse: 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.  (Luke 1:48-49)

Explore:

  • What does it mean to magnify the Lord?
  • What great things has God done for you?
  • How has God shown you mercy?
  • Why is it important to God to lift up the lowly and bring low the proud and powerful? What does this teach us about God?

Reflect:

Have you ever felt like bursting into song spontaneously?  It seems like people do it all the time in Disney movies and old Hollywood musicals.  But the song that we read in this Scripture passage is not scripted and does not take place in a make-believe world or a studio backlot stage.  Mary gives the world one of the most beautiful songs of praise ever sung, all in response to God’s active and present faithfulness during her long nine-month wait.  She sees herself as blessed to be a part of God’s plan of redemption for the world—even though that plan could be seen as a personal inconvenience.  Throughout the Bible, the people of God respond to God’s faithfulness during hardship with songs of praise and thanksgiving.  What song will you sing to God today?

Closing Prayer: LORD God, lift our hearts to you.

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