260 Devotional, Mar. 13, Luke 1

46And Mary said:    "My soul glorifies the Lord 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,  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."  56Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

Meditation

  1. Mary praises and glorifies God through her prayer-song for God will accomplish what He has planned for the world through her.  It describes that God lifts up the poor, comforts the oppressed, and cares for the despised.   Mary’s prayer, in fact, expands our awareness that we are participating in what God has been doing and is yet to do.
  2. Prayer is our way of being attentive to God, who is present to us in the Holy Spirit.  Our prayer is always the second sentence.  First God speaks; our prayer is our response, our answer to God.  From this prayer, we learn that Mary hears and receives, believes and submits to the Word that conceives Christ in her.
  3. Have you had any experience being an active participant in carrying out God’s plan?  How has this experience impacted you?
  4. Are you aware that you are present to God in prayer just as God is ever present to you?  What will this awareness change you in your attitude and actions in everyday life?

Suggestion for Family Devotional Time: Mary praised God with a song(vv46-49).  Her song was about how God had been good to her and blessed her.  Make a list of how God has been good to your family.  Have a time of worship to sing a few favourite worship songs together.

Prayer & Journaling:  On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions, words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.

Proverbs for Today 6:23-26

23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, 24 to preserve you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress. 25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes; 26 for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread, but a married woman hunts down a precious life.

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