And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior, because He has looked with favor on the humble condition of His slave. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed, because the Mighty One has done great things for me, and His name is holy. Luke 1:46-49 HCSB
I always enjoy hearing Christmas carols at Christmas time. Each song proclaims the birth of Jesus Christ and celebrates His arrival in the world and what He has done for mankind. Even though we live in a culture that seemingly rejects Christ and the message of Christianity, people are bombarded by the message of love, forgiveness, and hope for the future at Christmas time.
Today’s Scripture passage is often referred to as “Mary’s Song” because she was singing praises to God for His holiness and the great things He had done. Her song recognized God’s greatness as well as her humble, yet exalted condition.
Challenge: Reflect upon the lyrics and melodies of longstanding Christmas carols such as “Joy to the World”, “Silent Night”, and “O Come All Ye Faithful”. Put a Christmas CD in your player, crank up the sound, and sing along with the music to proclaim the greatness of God and the Good News that Jesus, the Messiah, came to our world to offer forgiveness for the sins of all mankind.