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JOYFUL BLESSINGS 23

Have you ever tried reading Old Testament verses through Mary's eyes? What did Mary think about it after her encounter with the angel, Gabriel?

Isaiah 26 is steeped in comfort and promise. Flip there in your Bible and read it with Mary's soon-to-be mother eyes. For those who are righteous, the way is not steep and rough (v.7). Could her responses of obedience (I am the Lord's servant, Luke 1:38) and praise (My soul magnifies the Lord, Luke 1:46) have increased from remembering God's promise and many prophecies recounted in Scripture of the Messiah coming to the world? She was written into those stories!

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You! Lord, we show our trust in You by obeying Your laws; our heart's desire is to glorify Your Name (Isaiah 26:3 and 8).  

I find myself turning to God's Word again and again in change, joy, waiting, need, and all the other things life brings. Imagine Mary pouring over His Word after Gabriel's news about Jesus. Yes, He's the One! And me, Mary, I am His mother. I am chosen to carry out this work. Me! A young, lowly, unmarried girl from no place special. 

Mary's joy rang out into a song, called Mary's Magnificat, in Luke 1:46-45. Her perfect peace and perfect joy came from God alone, and her praise overflowed! 

For He has looked with favor on 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. Luke 1:48-50.

Let's pray together.

Lord Jesus, You are my perfect peace. In the busyness of these days, in the expectations of my heart, let it all rest at Your feet. You alone give me everything I need. In Your Name, Amen.

Blessing for little ones

Jesus, You are perfect peace and joy! You give it lovingly to every girl and boy! Fill my heart to the tippy-top brim. In Your Name, Amen.

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