This morning when I woke up, I had one thought over and over…read the Song of Mary. I’m going to be completely honest. I didn’t really know that Mary had a song in the Bible.
I didn’t grow up in the Catholic church, though there are 3 within 2 miles of my house. The church I “grew up” in–meaning that formed my theology, for better or worse–was of the non-denominational vaariety. It’s a Christian church, but it doesn’t fall under the umbrella of Lutheran, Methodist…you get the idea.
We didn’t talk about Mary all that much. I know that she is the mother of Jesus; she encouraged Jesus at the wedding to help turn the water into wine; she walked with Jesus through the crucifixion. I know that my grandmother prays to Mary.
Anyway…here is Mary’s song from Luke 1:46-55, taken off of Bible Gateway.
46And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55to Abraham and his descendants forever,
even as he said to our fathers.”
Mary sang this song after she visited Elizabeth and the baby in her womb, John the Baptist, lept upon being in Mary’s presence.
Mary’s not exactly in the best of circumstances here. Yet, she praises God and remembers His goodness.
In this holiday season, take a moment to remember the wonderful things that God has done in your life. If you have food in your stomach, you’re blessed. If you have your health, you’re blessed. If you have one person in your life who truly cares, you’re blessed. If you have air in your lungs and your heart is still beating, you are blessed.
Let’s count our blessings together. How has God blessed you?