Words from the Heart for Saturday December 3rd, 2016
And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed… “
Luke 1:46-48 (NIV)
God works in mysterious ways. Who would have thought that the Saviour of the world would be born to a young peasant girl in rural Israel? Yet Mary was ready and willing to be used by God. How about you? Are you ready and willing to be used by God for whatever He may have for you today?
Some of the most glorious sections of Canada are also the most dangerous. There is no doubt that Canada has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and people love to visit those areas to experience our nation’s natural beauty. The challenge is that the easiest way to get to see these beautiful places is by car and the danger comes from nature as well. Animals wander onto roads frequently and large animals can be a source of danger. Since 1979 more Canadians have died from car accidents than were killed in World War 2. Fortunately, the number of fatal car accidents has been declining. In 1979, there were 5,933 fatalities caused by car accidents and in 2013 there were less than two thousand. Just a reminder that when driving to enjoy the glory of Canada, be aware of nature closer to your vehicle.
When something good happens in our lives, we naturally want to offer thanks to whomever is responsible for our blessing. The follower of Jesus knows that ultimately He is the foundation of every good and perfect gift. And praise naturally flows from a heart of thanksgiving to God for the blessings He pours out on His people. If that is the case for everyday blessings, it comes as no surprise that Mary offered praise to the Lord when she discovered that she would be the mother of the Messiah. In Luke 1:46-48 we read “And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed… ‘” These words ought to be expressed by every follower of Jesus for every blessing that the Lord sends our way. In fact, we all ought to glorify the Lord for who He is and what He does in us and through us. God knows us well and in spite of being imperfect, He loves us and uses us for His glory. Mary is unique in her role in fulfilling God’s plan. And she is correct that all generations do call her blessed. But all of us have a part to play in God’s plan to love the world. May we offer Him our praise too, through our words and our willingness.
These have been words from the heart.