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Praise Be to God!

Weekly Devotionals

Praise Be to God!

Fra Angelico, The Visitation, 1433

Luke 1:46-56

46 And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

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After Mary heard the amazing message from the angel Gabriel that she was to have a baby as a virgin, she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Well, she had to because she was told Elizabeth was living proof that what he said was real. Although older – way past child-bearing age – Elizabeth was apparently already six months pregnant, too! They were both going to experience a miraculous birth planned by God! When Elizabeth saw Mary, she was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to bless her. When Mary saw Elizabeth she now knew it was really true. She was going to give birth to the Son of God.

As Mary accepted this journey set before her as something amazing and good that God was doing, her lips filled with praise. She knew what was happening was more than something just for her. She recognized it was God’s mighty hand acting out His love for His people and she stood in awe of her inclusion in this.

As we read Mary’s song of praise, we are boldly reminded that the miracles we see around us and the presence of God we see in our own lives are more than just about us and families and this generation. It’s part of something so much bigger! It’s the same hand of God who created the mountains, who parted the sea, who raised Lazarus from the dead, who sent Jesus to die for us. It is the same love of God from history that dwells with us now and gives us hope for what He will do.

I pray that this week our lips will be filled with praises that remember the generations of amazing things God has done which show us that it’s really true – that He has saved us and that He is coming again!

Have a wonderful week!
with love.