(Brooke’s generosity Blog)
December 2, 2018
In order for Jesus to be born in Bethlehem, his mother had to become pregnant. We hear the story in Luke chapter 1, where the angel Gabriel came to give her the good news of her coming child.
In verse 29 we read: “But Mary was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.”
It would have been surprising if Mary had not been perplexed.
Three months after becoming pregnant, Mary composes and sings a song. A very beautiful song, called “the Magnificat.” Magnificatis a Latin word describing the state of “magnifying the soul.”In a way, Each Sunday we seek to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ in magnifying, inspiring, and encouraging us in our journeys of life and faith.
The church, at our best, is a place where all are welcome who come seeking forgiveness and who are willing to work with others in partnership with God, to make our world a better place for all people. (Just a little ambitious don’t you think!)
Today, is the first Sunday in a season now out of fashion, called ‘Advent.’ I first learned about Advent from Lilian Forsythe, the Organist and Choir director of Knox Church Ottawa. She was an Anglican from Wales, who was one of the most gifted musicians that I have ever encountered. If she had been male, she would have had a wonderful career. Because she was a woman in the mid-20thcentury, she never did get the attention and appreciation that was deserved.
We encounter the “Magnificat” anywhere in life when we encounter God.
I love Mary’s words. I do not think that they could have been written by a man. The humility and honesty are almost too much. (Luke 1:46-53) KJV
My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seats,
and exalted them of low degree.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
As you prepare for Christmas, may you find moments for beauty, inspiration, and joy.I see many people far too busy to notice the beauty around them.
May you sing the story, live the story, be re-oriented by the story and to do it all with others…as we together seek the new born child that is Christ the Lord.