“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
How my spirit rejoices
in God my Savior!
For he took notice
of his lowly servant girl,
and from now on all generations
will call me blessed.”
Luke 1:46-48 NLT
These are Mary’s words upon hearing Elizabeth’s declaration that the baby on Elizabeth’s womb recognized the baby in Mary’s womb.
Her joy is found in the promises and actions of God. She is overwhelmed that God has called her to be the mother of his Son. She says that all generations will call her blessed.
And she is right.
All because she chose to accept God’s plan for her. As daunting as it must have been to her, as frightening as the future must have looked. She must have had her moments of doubt, of exhaustion, of wondering how it would all work out. But her first impulse was to say yes to God’s plan. And that carried her through all that would come afterward.
Mary has a lot to teach us in this story. She shows a pure and simple faith. She shows love and devotion. She shows humility and grace.
And because of all those things, she is called blessed – even after 2000 years have passed.
This Advent, may you learn from Mary. May you have a heart that is pure and devoted to God. May you know what it is to be overwhelmed by God’s plan, and choose to say yes to it, anyway. May you know joy that is rooted in the promises and actions of God.