Apr 29

Rev Gav


Luke 1:54-56. When something good happens to us, we want to celebrate, usually with some sort of party. We want to share with the world our excitement and gratitude.

Luke 1:54-56

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town 40 where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

42 Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. 43 Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? 44 When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. 45 You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”

The Magnificat: Mary’s Song of Praise

46 Mary responded,

“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
47     How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
48 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,
    and from now on all generations will call me blessed.
49 For the Mighty One is holy,
    and he has done great things for me.
50 He shows mercy from generation to generation
    to all who fear him.
51 His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
    He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
52 He has brought down princes from their thrones
    and exalted the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    and sent the rich away with empty hands.
54 He has helped his servant Israel
    and remembered to be merciful.
55 For he made this promise to our ancestors,
    to Abraham and his children forever.”

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back to her own home.


This is the end of Mary’s Song of praise, otherwise known as the Magnificat. Did you know that just about every line in Mary’s song was taken from the Old Testament prophets? She was restating great phrases made about God in the past, no doubt from her knowledge of the Hebrew scriptures that she had remembered reading or listening to.

Both Mary and Elizabeth had heard the stories that had been passed down from generation to generation — that one day God’s ‘anointed one’, the Christ or Messiah, would come through the nation of Israel. God had promised it, and the prophets had predicted it. God would come to the rescue of his people and good would overcome evil.

Like Mary, when something good happens to us, we want to celebrate, usually with some sort of party. We want to share with the world our excitement and gratitude.


What blessings do you have in your life for which you’re grateful or could burst into song about? Today, say thank-you to God for them.


Holy God
I thank you from the bottom of my heart
for everything you’ve done for me.
Thank you for keeping your promises
that were, are, and will be, fulfilled through Jesus.
May I always be thankful and grateful
for my relationship with you.
This day and for ever.


How do you like to party or celebrate when something amazing or good happens to you? How could you do this to show your gratitude to God?

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