Daily Advent Reflection: 21st December 2020

Luke 1: 46–56

Mary had been told by the angel Gabriel that she was to bear a child,
who would be the Son of the Most Hight – God’s Son. She was told not
to be afraid, but she was only human, and even though she had faith,
she must have been worried. She and Joseph were engaged, but not
yet married. Would he reject her? What would people say?

When the angel told her that her relative Elizabeth was to bear a son
in her old age, Mary decided to visit her. I wonder if she expected
criticism, or maybe sympathy and support. What she got was a
blessing. Involuntary praise burst forth from Mary: ‘My soul glorifies
the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour’.

Mary had reason to praise God. What makes you sing His praises?
During lockdown I have praised Him for the love of my family, and the
way they have cared. I have heard more birdsong than before, seen
the colour of the autumn trees in the sunshine, notices less traffic
pollution. May we see His love for us in all around us.

Barbara Schofield

Dear Lord, you are always with us, blessing us, caring for us. Thank you
for your love. May we be always aware of your presence, wherever we
are and whatever we are doing. In Jesus’ name. Amen.