Monday, December 11

Luke 1:47-55 (NIV)

And Mary said: 
"My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant. 

From now on all generations will call me blessed, 
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name. 

His mercy extends to those who fear him, 
from generation to generation. 
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; 
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 

He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble. 
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty. 

He has helped his servant Israel, 
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever, 
even as he said to our fathers."

At this time of year, we reflect on memories of Christmases past. If we are blessed, those memories are warm and happy.

Mary’s song is somewhat like remembering happy times. She praises God by naming His great deeds, by remembering the wonders He has done.

Mary also celebrates the things God was doing right then and there. She exclaims, “Thank you, I am so grateful for all you’re doing!”

Regardless of your current circumstances, it’s good to do as Bing Crosby sings and, “Count your blessings.” As we consider today’s blessings and those of Christmases past, let’s thank God for all He does.

Pray: I thank you in both quiet reflection and current blessing-counting. You provide beautiful moments in my life, and I praise you. Amen