What if circumstances in your life—that were beyond your control—caused your future to look grim? Not only would you suffer and maybe die, but your entire family would be persecuted. On top of that, a precious little baby would be an outcast for the rest of his life. How would you respond?
This was the exact place Mary was in when she found out she was pregnant as a virgin. Her response was:
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,” (Luke 1:47)
This year has been one in which all of us have felt out of control to some degree. The pandemic has caused much suffering—in health, finances, relationships . . . well, mostly, EVERYTHING.
Personally, this year has been the worst of my 55 years. My child, whom I love dearly, has wandered away from us and suffered immense, deep pain—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. My husband lost his job. I broke my leg. My other children dealt with severe trauma. And we are in the middle of a pandemic! My reality is I don’t know what the future will hold for my family—but I can join in on Mary’s song:
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,”
Maybe you too have had a difficult year and can’t see beyond it. I ask you to remember the little baby’s birth we will be celebrating next week. His name is Immanuel – GOD WITH US. How does that change your circumstances? How does that change your response? How does knowing the God of the universe, the creator of the world, the God who performs miracles, the God who loves you . . . is WITH YOU!
This season—and always—I pray that you will be able to say:
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior."