Read Luke 1:46b-55.
Mary, like many of us, questioned her faith. However, she found favor in the eyes of the Lord. When she discovered she would carry God’s son, she found what faith and love looked like. In this passage, Mary magnifies the Lord’s love for all His children; regardless of who you are. Mary reinforces that God takes care of people at their lowest points. This reassuring passage gives hope.
God has a plan for everyone, and He remembers all His servants. Those who are humble will be rewarded, while those who are envious and proud will be sent away empty.
In this day and age of social media, it is easy to get into the habit of posting to show off or brag, instead of being humble. This Advent, remember that real blessing comes from humility. This passage reinforces that our humility does not go unnoticed; God will always see if we are being true within our hearts.
Try taking a step away from social media this week and ask yourself — is what you’re posting in good will? Does what you post humbly praise God for His blessings in our life?
Dear Lord, we pray that you help us to take a step back and reflect on what is important in this season of Advent. As we spend time with loved ones, help us remember the power of humility and to enjoy the company of others rather than stressing over the more superficial aspects of our lives. Help us look out for those neighbors who may not be with their loved ones this season or who are questioning their relationship with you. In your name we pray, amen.