August 26 – Blessed to Magnify the Lord

The joy inside Mary could not be kept there.  In a song called the Magnificat, Mary poured out her great happiness to God her Savior: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.”  What a glorious reminder that we are blessed because of what God has done for us. Holy is His name!  His name is worthy of our songs and praise.

The little Baby in Mary’s womb would one day be her Savior.  And He would be the Savior for all who would call out to Him for mercy.  There is mercy for those who fear the Lord, mercy instead of what we deserve.  August 26th is my birthday and as I grow older each year I’m more aware of God’s many gifts in my life: the present of His Presence, the gift of mercy, and peace, and joy.  God has done great things for me by giving me the loving family I was born into.  He blessed me with Russell and then blessed us with a family of our own that continues to grow.  I am so happy to have meaningful friendships with people all over the world and I see these relationships as a gift from God.  Mary was blessed, and so is each one of us.  May we magnify the Lord and take great joy in God our Savior!

Luke 1:46b-50 ESV