Inner and Outer Change #adventbookclub – Day 24

Luke 1:49-53 (CEV)

49 God All-Powerful has done
great things for me,
    and his name is holy.
50 He always shows mercy
to everyone
    who worships him.
51 The Lord has used
    his powerful arm
to scatter those
    who are proud.
52 He drags strong rulers
    from their thrones
and puts humble people
    in places of power.
53 God gives the hungry
    good things to eat,
and sends the rich away
    with nothing.

Mary’s song goes from what God has done for her to what he is going to do for his people.

Maggi leads us to the question of how come this promise hasn’t yet worked out (p111)?  Was it wishful thinking, over-enthusiasm in her excitement, a misunderstanding – or has God just let us down?

I think it is probably more about us letting God down.

Mary understands that God is working in her.  But it is not just for her benefit, but for the whole world.  Faith and the work of God are not just personal and internal, they are global and demand action.

True religion is to care for the orphans and widows in their distress (James 1:27)

Jesus taught us all we need to know about justice – but we, humanity collectively and individually, have failed to live it out.

The Magnificat, Mary’s song, is a call.  A call to each one of us.  A call to live in mercy and justice, to feed the hungry, care for the poor, house the homeless – to not harbour God’s presence inside ourselves, but to let it pour out.

Tell Out My Soul

Lord,
you have promised
mercy,
justice,
peace,
an end to hunger.
You want to do it,
but you need us to join in.

Lord,
work in each one of us,
work in me,
that what you do inside me
pours out.
Make my heart
so full of joy,
so enriched by you,
that I give,
share,
and work
for these things to come.

You give me so many blessings,
help me to share them

 

This year, several of us are reading Beginnings and Endings by Maggi Dawn and joining together to comment on it.  Do join us at the Adventbookclub Facebook page, follow #adventbookclub on Twitter or comment below.  If you are also reading and blogging on this book, let me know and I will link to your blog.

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