Mary says, in Luke 1:46:
" My soul exalts the LORD"
or as another translation reads:
"My soul praises the LORD".
Perhaps she was quoting Psalm 34:2:
"My soul will boast in the LORD
let the afflicted hear and rejoice."
"My soul shall make its boast in the LORD
The humble shall hear it and rejoice."
Psalm 34 is a beautiful Psalm on which to meditate. I lingered on verse 5.
"Those who look to Him are radiant
their faces are never covered with shame."*
Mary, faced with the staggering privilege and responsibility of carrying the Son of GOD in her womb - and the shame of being pregnant before marriage - looked to GOD. She praised Him; exalted Him. Despite and because of her circumstances.
Based on Psalm 34:5 we know her strength came from the LORD and was reflected in visible, radiant joy. Her soul exalted the LORD. What a wonderful example she has set for us!
The phone rang yesterday. On the line was a friend from Bible study. She wanted to minister to her neighbor ladies during this Christmas season. Her idea was to invite them over for a Christmas tea.
"I'd like you to come give a short devotional and play a few Christmas carols so we can sing together." she said.
How could I say 'no' to that? (I couldn't.) We had to find a mutually available date and agreed on this Saturday. On my way to choir last night, a detailed devotional outline 'happened' to pop into my head. I love how the LORD works! I fleshed it out during some sleepless moments during the night and will polish it today.
I think her idea of sharing Christ with her neighbors is a wonderful one, that maybe some of the rest of us can copy. Kind of a Martha/Mary moment combo.
And here is another idea, of the crafty variety. Our blog friend Lady Farmer made a cute, cute, cute Nutcracker out of terra cotta flower pots. Go see~
*see also Exodus 34:29-35