(Wondering what this is? For more information, see the introduction.)
My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour 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.’ – Luke 1
Mary is rejoicing because she has been entrusted with bringing Christ, the Son of God, into the world. The Eastern Orthodox Church calls her the theotokos, the “God-bearer.” She is truly blessed with the sacred responsibility of this task. Like our sister, Mary, we too are “God-bearers,” entrusted with bearing Christ into the world. What does it mean to bring forth the light and goodness of our lives? How can we accomplish this?
Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare,
One more seed is planted there:
Give up your strength the seed to nourish,
That in course the flower may flourish.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the rose, is on the way.
This Advent devotional is intended to help you enter into the season of advent. We hope you enjoy it! Many thanks to the Rev. Paul Jennings for his help putting these reflections together.