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December 24

Luke 1, 46-55

Something to read

Mary’s Song of Praise

And Mary said,
'My soul magnifies the Lord,
 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
 for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
 Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
 and holy is his name.
 His mercy is for those who fear him
 from generation to generation.
 He has shown strength with his arm;
 he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
 and lifted up the lowly;
 he has filled the hungry with good things,
 and sent the rich away empty.
 He has helped his servant Israel,
 in remembrance of his mercy,
 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
 to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’
New Revised Standard Version

To read the King James version click here

Something to think about

Jesus is coming

Remember when you were a child and Christmas Eve came round and how excited you were? If you have young children, or if you’re anything like me, a big child, you only have to look at how excited they are today about the prospects of presents tomorrow. How appropriate is the reading for today that it falls on Christmas Eve. I get this sense of Mary sharing in this enthusiasm and excitement I spoke of, in this text here. If you have been following the last 2 days readings you’ll realize just what a transformation has taken place in Mary. From fear and disbelief to acceptance and now excitement in her song. 

We too have a song we sing, namely; ‘Joy to the World.’ And there is a reason it’s called this. Mary has found that joy here, she has realized just what her situation, this birth means… and she can only be joyful and praiseful. Are we sharing in Mary’s joy today…? That Jesus is coming! Tomorrow, many people will be expecting… but what are we expecting? Only you know what you are expecting… Only I know what I am expecting. Mary knew what she was expecting. Does the world know what they are expecting tomorrow?

Whatever we expect… may we find, not temporary, but everlasting joy. May we sing ‘Joy to the World,’ like we really believe it. Tomorrow, may the world find, not what they expect, but what we hope for… Jesus… and may they find Him through each one of us.

Something to do

Ask someone near you or close to you if they are excited about tomorrow. If so, share their joy. If not, give them a reason to be.

Something to pray

God who is near us, draw closer we pray. Enable us to find the joy Mary sang about, in you. May we overflow with praise and thanksgiving because you are coming. May you captivate the world like you have captivated our hearts. The Jesus’ name we pray… Amen.

Today's contributor is Richard Stein, a student at Westminster College, Cambridge.

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