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2nd Day of Christmas: Song of Humility

And Mary said, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.  For He hath regarded the low estate of His hand-maiden.  For, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.  For He that is mighty hath done to me great things, and holy is His name.  And His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation.” (luke 1:46 – 50)

marked by 
or modesty 
in behavior, 
attitude or spirit 

How could You have chosen me, just a simple maiden,
to bring Your Son into a world sin and sorrow laden?
How can I hope to nurture and raise God’s Son?
How can such a human raise a perfect one?
The lips that spoke creation I must teach to speak.
The feet that walked on clouds I must teach to leap.
The mind that conceived salvation I will teach to read
the truth within scriptures You Yourself breathed.

To shape the life of God is an overwhelming task.
I know I am not worthy to accomplish what You ask.
I lay my soul before You, a vessel clean and empty.
Mold in me the mother You need me to be.


When I think about the awesome responsibility God entrusted to Mary and the qualities He must have seen in her, it is easy to see why so many have revered her over the centuries.  Although I don’t agree that she should be worshipped as she is in some circles, her life and character rightly warrant a closer look. But, strangely enough, I think Mary would be the very last person to see herself as worthy of anyone’s adoration.  Her immediate response to the angel’s message was to acknowledge her own “lowly” state and expound on the glories of her God.  She seemed quite surprised that God had given her a second look, much less chosen her to raise His Son.  What qualities must this young girl have possessed for God to have selected her to train His Son, to nurture Him, to love Him and to show Him her God?  What confidence He must have had in her desire to serve, in her ability to love.  What can this girl from Galilee teach me about mothering as God desires?


© 2008 Haley Montgomery


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