Thursday, December 22, 2016
Rev. Bobby Kates
Volunteer Associate Pastor for People with Disabilities
The Prayer of Mary – “The Magnificat”
“My soul lifts up the Lord! My spirit celebrates God, my Liberator! For though I’m God’s humble servant, God has noticed me.
Now and forever, I will be considered blessed by all generations. For the Mighty One has done great things for me; holy is God’s name! From generation to generation, God’s lovingkindness endures for those who revere Him. God’s arm has accomplished mighty deeds. The proud in mind and heart, God has sent away in disarray. The rulers from their high positions of power, God has brought down low.
And those who were humble and lowly, God has elevated with dignity. The hungry—God has filled with fine food. The rich—God has dismissed with nothing in their hands. To Israel, God’s servant, God has given help, As promised to our ancestors, remembering Abraham and his descendants in mercy forever.” (Luke 1:46-55 The Voice)
of Hope on National Re-gifting Day
Re-gifting has gotten a bad name. Many of us have received a ‘White Elephant Gift.’ But in reality many people have re-gifted their family and friends with wonderful things; things that may suit perfectly the one being re-gifted by the one re-gifting. Sometimes the gift may be something that a person may desperately need but not know how or be able to attain by themselves. In times like this, re-gifting may be the answer to the perfect gift.
Mary was young, unmarried, and pregnant with child. However she was strong and fearless with child. God had noticed her and lifted her up. She would give birth to a child, a child that would save all humankind through God’s Salvation and Grace. And by doing so, Mary would re-gift to the world, the child that God had gifted her.
Mary lived during a time of ‘empire,’ as do we. Hers was a time when the marginalized where being pushed even farther away from the center, very much like what many fear our time will concur. So during this time of Advent, this awakening in our hearts to the coming of the Babe that would become the Christ, may we be fearless as well. Fearless as Mary; may we all re-gift our families, friends, and especially those strangers we meet upon chance, with the Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace that can only be found in the Spirit of Jesus Christ that lives within all of us!
“My soul lifts up the Lord! My spirit celebrates God, my Liberator!” So feel the freedom, the true Spirit of the season! Feel God’s Love and give it away…just as Mary did.
O God, May we never stop giving Your Love away! Amen.
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