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Pr Evangeline Cheong

Growing up, I had always looked forward to Christmas for the hustle and bustle of family gatherings and presents. I have to admit that the birth of Jesus was not anywhere on my heart or my mind. I was not expecting him to show up at any time on 25th Dec. Thinking about this now has me wondering about what were in the hearts and minds of those who were expecting the first Christmas?  For the betrothed yet pregnant Mary, many things would have been on her mind. Yet as the news settled in, Mary’s heart sang and her thoughts were revealed in Luke1: 46-55.

And Mary said,“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.

He has shown strength with his arm;    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;he has brought down the mighty from their thrones    and exalted those of humble estate;he has filled the hungry with good things,    and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,    in remembrance of his mercy,as he spoke to our fathers,    to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

Mary saw beyond her dire situation, to praise the God who has mercy upon and walks with His people. A powerful God who is above the rulers who were oppressing Israel and yet a God who knows each individual who is hungry and feeds him. For us, we worship the same God as Mary did!

In this Christmas season, as we remember Jesus’ birth, may our spirits rejoice in the mercy we received through His birth, death and resurrection. And may our souls choose to sing praise and magnify our Lord as well.