Advent Devotions for Moms Day 7
I’ve almost never heard in church this entire section of scripture. It isn’t congruent with the wordless virgin who’s humility won her God’s favor. Although the humble image is more convenient for nativity scenes, it isn’t the whole picture of the Godly young woman who understood more than we give her credit for – as often happens with our adult perspective toward wise teen women, especially those who are pregnant.
We are picking up where we left off yesterday.
His mighty arm has done tremendous things
He has scattered the proud and haughty ones
He has brought princes from their thrones and exalted the humble
He has filled the empty with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands
He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful
For He made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and to His children forever.
Apparently, Mary didn’t get the memo.
That we don’t judge others- especially the proud and haughty–and talk about how God scattered them. (them’s fightin’ words in most parts, Mary)
We don’t bring in politics, princes or their thrones. (who says that?)
We don’t talk about empty and rich, and who has what and who doesn’t. (okay, we do, but behind closed doors, Mary)
However, Mary, those last two verses are great – how God helped you, and how He’s merciful and how He fulfills promises.
But it’s when we say all the things we need to say that the truth really is borne through us.
That when we acknowledge what we have seen and experienced.
It’s when we stand in our belief in the face of so much unknown that we change.
When we speak freely to those who most love us, we find courage.
When we lean into love given to us and share it, it does double duty.
As detailed as Mary and Elizabeth’s discussion was previous to all this, it’s surprising that it doesn’t continue after all this. You know why I think there’s no more recorded?
Because Elizabeth was silent.
She didn’t need words. There was nothing to add. Nothing to say. Nothing to correct, or hush, or warn. It was truth and her silence yet, affirming presence bore the only witness needed to these words, as I bet her unborn child was also still in the presence of truth.
This holiday season, maybe we’ll be with others who are going to say some politically charged things – let them.
If our kids talk about things they “shouldn’t”, lean in. No judgement.
We’ll be with others who are empty – fill them.
If it’s our kids, fill them twice – once for their need and then with a hug for their heart.
When we are in the presence of the rich, and the princes (and those who act like princes), have mercy on them for their thrones and good can be scattered quickly and spiritually and in profoundly unseen ways.
When the children of others are on top of the world, perfect, no ADD, no D’s or C’s, no doctors every month, no medications – celebrate wholeheartedly with them without comparison. It can change overnight. But if they remain blessed in those ways, their souls are fragmented for a million other reasons, it’s just too hard to admit.
Allow the full grown, crucified and risen Christ to fulfill His promises to you when you need a break from baking another batch of cookies for teachers.
Allow His promises to greet you when you open your checkbook and wonder how you’re going to get the special gifts you wanted to give.
And allow Him to be merciful to you – giving you permission to go to bed early when lunches aren’t made and you can’t make it okay in your own head to put on jammies by 9pm.
Because He will ask it of you.
But first, He offers it to you….as He offered it to Mary, who then told and offered it to Elizabeth, and then to the world.
Your world matters just as much. Don’t sing Mary’s song this season, live her declaration – God is with us. May our collective response be “Our soul magnifies the Lord!”
A song for you, over you, tonight. (song suggested by a dear momma who’s home navigates special needs.. 😉 )
With Great Joy! Vikki
Advent Devotions for Moms – day 7