December 11, 2019
Scripture: Luke 1:48
…for the Lord has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
Thought for the Day: Lowliness is not a word I use often, except in the Christmas Season. It is one of the go-to words for describing Mary. The Greek word we translate as lowliness has as its root the word for humble. Too often our ears hear the word lowliness and we picture meek and weak, frail and feeble, a pushover. But if humility is the basis of lowliness, it is anything but fragile. True humility requires a strong sense of self. The God who called Mary recognized specific gifts, including tenacity. She was right for the job, not because she was meek and mild. Just the opposite! Mary was bold.
Prayer: Let the spirit of humility dwell within me, O Lord, and not because you need someone quiet and reserved. Let humility dwell because I feel confident enough in your love not to push myself ahead of you. Amen.
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