Saturday, December 22, 2012

Mary's Heart-Song

' My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant.

From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me -
holy is His name.

His mercy extends to those who fear Him,
from generation to generation.

He has performed mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.

He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.'
- Luke 1:46-53.
 
Ruth Haley Barton writes, 'In Protestant circles, we are very careful not to do anything that could be construed as “Mary worship.” We are so careful, in fact, that often we do not give her the respect she deserves ... We do well not to dismiss her.

Mary was more than just an available womb. She was a particular kind of person for which all of human history had been waiting…a person who was willing to receive Christ into the very depths of her being, allowing his presence to incubate there in the darkness until the fullness of time when ...'
 





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6 comments:

  1. Mary's heart song and mine--My soul does glorify the Lord--we can do nothing more than sing that out. Merry Christmas, and thank you for this lovely reminder.

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  2. Beautiful, incredible verses. I will be reading this passage at our Christmas service tonight.

    Merry Christmas to you!

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  3. What an incredible young woman of faith she was ...

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  4. There is always a balance, and I don't believe we need to worship 'Mary' but we do need to acknowledge her wonderful role of being the mother of Jesus and at a very young age to say 'I am willing' she showed great strength we can all learn from.

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  5. Such an amazing receptivity to God's call on her life ... compelling lessons for us to glean in this day and age.

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  6. I always am so blessed to read that portion of our Bible... and knowing how her heart was touched and so open to the Lord.

    Thank you.

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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