We are now entering the Advent season and our thoughts are beginning to turn to family gatherings, special dinners and exchanging gifts. This time of year is very exciting, but also very busy which can lead to extra stress and anxiety in our lives. I have also watched as my calendar begins to fill up with events and celebrations that are a part of life as we come to the end of the year.
Even though we can get caught up on the busyness of planning for Christmas, I think about the word Advent and what it really means. During these weeks before celebrating the birth of our Saviour is when we take the time to prepare for the coming of God into Creation and live among us. I encourage you to look to the scriptures with me and meditate on that first Christmas when Jesus was born. In the few months before, when Mary was visited by an angel letting her know she was chosen to be a part of God’s plan for salvation, she also went through a time of preparation.
Take a look at Luke 1:46-56 which is referred to as The Magnificant or the Song of Mary. This song of praise reminds us that God is in control and is working out His plan through those who recognize that power and humbly worship and give praise God. Let us take the time to remember and prepare our hearts and minds for God to work in our lives this year.
And Mary said:
My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
- Luke 1:46-49 (NKJV)