Thought for the Day: This is best known as part of the Magnificat, Mary’s beautiful song offered in the presence of her relative, Elizabeth. It is important to read these words in the larger context of the first chapter of Luke, for there we are reminded that Mary is responding to what God initiated. Mary didn’t just wake up and say to herself, “You know, I think I’ll break into song, rejoicing in God my Savior.” I assume that Mary’s song reflects her conviction. She not only believes what she is singing, but the words and melody are rooted in her experience that was first put in motion by God. Never feel obligated to praise God if your heart isn’t into it. God’s ego is not going to be injured. God is looking for a joyful response – an acknowledgment of what God has done, an expression of true gratitude.
Prayer: My voice shall join the beautiful song of Mary. I rejoice in you, O God my Savior. Let my words and gratitude be a response to the amazing gift given. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge