And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of His servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed… -Luke 1:46-48 (NIV)
We have reason to rejoice! It is the season for us to remember that we are never alone. Our God came into the world as one of us, lived among us, and sacrificed Himself for us. As Mary, His mother proves, there is no one too young, too meek, too unimportant or disenfranchised to be offered God’s power, blessed by His presence and filled with His purpose. With carols and candles, we celebrate the ancient promise fulfilled and the promise of a glorious future to come.
As the year comes to its end, we rejoice in the baby born so long ago and the new beginnings that can be born in us today.