Advent Reflection: Great Joy (Luke 1)

“And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.’” -Luke 1:46

Mary’s song is this beautiful proclamation of God’s favor and blessing. Despite her initial fear and hesitation, Mary yields to God’s invitation for her life, and immediately begins to speak forth the vision and promise. 

What is often reduced to a simple plot point on the timeline of Christ’s arrival is a very complex and amazing story of its own. Mary’s joy was first an individual and internal faith experience. This series of events began because of God’s specific call to one person who said yes. And yet to be made fully known, this experience had to unfold over time and be made known to all. Mary’s great joy took great trust and great patience. 

What has God invited you to do? When have you said “yes” to God and experienced great joy? 

What dream do you have for your life that serves the kingdom of God? What part of that vision can you rejoice in today? What part of that can you hold forth with hope?

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