This is the last countdown to Christmas. (Yes… I am repeating myself from yesterday)
Many of us know (somewhere deep in the back of our minds) that God’s great promise in the coming of the messiah (who was Jesus of Nazareth… the title ‘Christ’ was not his last name 🙂 but the title of messiah in Greek) is the reason for the season. But, it is easy to forget in all the other things going on.
So, as a discipline (and a treat I hope!) I am going to use this blog for the next few days to simply offer the story as it is told in the Scripture. Let’s take the time to read it (and without my chattering) and let God Renew our hope:
Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”