Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Somehow it seems that "going against the grain" results in big time change. If the motivation is correct and the values true, disruption can mean big time improvement for everyone involved in the change.
I didn't grow up thinking that the arrival of Jesus had anything to do with disruption. Clearly, I didn't "get it," nor did those who dutifully shared with me the story of Christmas.
Here is the song that Jesus' mother sang in anticipation of the birth of this special child. Take a moment to read it, paying special attention to the words highlighted in red.
And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
What does this song communicate about the nature of the child?
Who does God stand with according to the words of this song?
What should we expect to see from those who choose to follow this child?
What application should be made of these truths should be made today?
How does this song change the way you regard the meaning of Christmas? Or, does it?
What does Mary's song tell us about the fundamental nature and purpose of this child's life?