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Advent Word 4 - Humble

Posted by Bethany Nelson on

By all accounts, Mary the mother of Jesus, came from a very humble background.  She was not from a family of power or privilege.  She likely led a rather nondescript life until the day an angel visited her and greeted her by saying, “Greetings favored one.  The Lord is with you.”  That is a curious greeting.  Mary was a humble, young teenager.  Why would she be a “favored one”?  As the angel continues, he tells her once again, “Mary, you have found favor with God.” 

After the angel departs, Mary goes to her relative Elizabeth with the amazing news that she is going to be the mother of Jesus.  During her visit with Elizabeth, the Spirit moves!  Elizabeth recognizes Mary as blessed, and Mary breaks into a song known as the “Magnificat.”  Part of her song says, “God has looked with favor on the lowliness of God’s servant.  Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is God’s name.”

On the surface, one might hear this and think, “Wow, Mary, what has happened to you?  Don’t get a big head!  Stay humble.” However, I don’t think this song is about Mary getting a big head.  I think this song is about Mary, in her humility, recognizing that, yes, she is favored by God.  Yes, she is blessed by God.  In fact, we all are.  If God can look upon this humble young teenager from nowhere in particular and call her blessed and favored, truly God calls us all blessed and favored.  May we live into that blessing.  Certainly, a fair amount of humility is important as we move through this life.  But just as important is claiming our blessedness and our favor in God’s eyes.  For we all are beloved children of God.


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