Words from the Heart for Saturday December 4th, 2021
Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed.”
Luke 1:46-48 (NLT)
It has almost been nine years since Canada ditched the lowly penny. Monday, February 4, 2013 marked the end of the penny in Canada as banks no longer issued this historic piece of Canadian money. Since 1858, the coins had jingled in everyone’s pocket. But the mint made its last penny in May, 2012 and after that the penny had been on borrowed time. Previously, the mint had annually produced more than 150 million pennies for circulation. Many just sat in people’s drawers and piggy banks.
History teaches us that powerful and influential people seldom care much about needs of those who are not a part of their inner circle. This has led to an untold number of protests, strikes, uprisings and revolutions over the centuries. What a contrast to how the Kingdom of God operates. Listen to what the mother of Jesus, says in Luke 1:46-48: “Mary responded, ‘Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed.'” When God decided to come to be with His people, He didn’t choose the rich and influential. He chose a young, faithful, godly woman to bear the Messiah. Mary understood how revolutionary this was – who knows how often she had been ignored by the powerful people in her world. But God didn’t ignore her. In His kingdom, the poor are rich, the weak are strong, the last are first. It doesn’t matter if you have no power or influence in this world – as you love Jesus and walk in faith, you will experience the favour of God.
These have been words from the heart.