And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor 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.’
Following the birth of my second son, I experienced a tremendous sense of euphoria. I was filled with so much joy, I remained awake for hours. Even though my body was tired, I could barely contain myself. I laughed, I cried, I squealed with delight.
I imagine that Mary experienced a similar joy—a joy that could not be contained in words but could only be expressed through a song.
On Christmas Day we celebrate with Mary that God comes among us, and in so doing, God is working with people to change the world into something better. We join our voices singing our own magnificat:
Joy to the world! The Lord is come.
Let earth receive her King.
Let every heart prepare Him room,
and heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the world! The Savior reigns.
Let us our songs employ.
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,
repeat the sounding joy.
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground.
He comes to make His blessings flow
far as the curse is found.
He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness,
and wonders of his love.
(hymn text by Isaac Watts, 1719)
Deo Gracias! Thanks be to you, O God, for your most amazing gift. Amen.
–may the Spirit move through the words of Sherri Dees