When Words May Fail: Mary

46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

—Luke 1:46-55


I find myself at a loss for word’s today. I just read Mary’s “Magnificat”. She had so much faith in you, even when she was facing the biggest task any person might ever experience — bearing the Word made flesh into this world. She could have faced scorn, shunning, or violence from those who didn’t understand. But you protected her. And you came in Jesus to save us, to love and protect us, too. To save us from our hurts, our pains, our sin, and from everything in this world that can be so broken. Help me to see those promises … those things you did for Mary, and for all who came before her, and for those who have come since. Help me to know your steadfast love. Show me your mercy, show me your strength. Help me to praise you like she did. Help me to see you walking with me, in all that I do. Especially when my words fail, may I hear your words for all of creation. Amen.