DayBreaks for 11/07/12 – Let the Chorus Rise
It is a song of rejoicing, this torrent of words that flows from the heart and lips of Mary after she arrives at the home of her cousin, Elizabeth.
At first glance, one might wonder why Mary would rejoice at all. She was a pregnant, unwed Jewish girl in a time and place where such a condition brought the type of shame that our culture can’t even imagine. She had come to stay with Elizabeth for three months during the middle of her pregnancy. Why? I don’t really know, but I would imagine that it might have had something to do with being away from her own village where people knew her and would castigate her visually and verbally for being “with child” but unmarried. At least in Elizabeth’s home, she had walls to protect her from anyone’s prying eyes. As a stranger, she would probably pass unnoticed by most, or they would assume she was married and just staying with a relative for a while before the birth of the baby.
I know if I’d been in her shoes (or sandals), I would have sought out a place where I could have hidden for a while. Sure, eventually she would have to return home to the stares and recriminations again, but at least she found some measure of peace for three months.
But what is amazing is the words that escape from her overflowing heart. Note the reasons she gives for this outpouring of praise:
God has taken notice of her (and not in the way her human neighbors had);
He is holy (and yet He has shown her, a sinful mortal, favor);
He shows mercy (when all around her were judging and throwing thunderbolts in her direction);
He is strong and has done great deeds (though she is weak and unable to defend herself);
He exalts the lowly and humbles the mighty (it was not to Caesar’s wife that the Messiah was entrusted);
He gives the poor good things (what greater gift than to bear the Savior of the world?);
He has helped His people and is merciful toward them (unlike those who turned their backs on Mary);He has made great promises and will keep them (unlike those who should love but turn away when embarrassed by our failures).
As I write this, it is impossible to know the outcomes of the elections. It is impossible for me to know the trajectory of the next four years. But this much is clear and in this I find great comfort and peace: all the things for which Mary praised God are still true today and will be true tomorrow and the day after…ad infinitum.
My heart today can sing the same song: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!” Join the chorus, too, will you?
PRAYER: You are our Lord, our God, our Savior, Redeemer and Friend! There is nothing for us to fear or dread! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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