His mercy flows in wave after wave. Luke 1:50 (MSG)
OK. If you’re reading this today, you are either:
1). On holidays and have the space to read.
2). A loyal reader and your devotional practice is better than mine!
Or perhaps, it’s both! To which we say a huge THANKYOU.
But guys, it’s the day after Christmas. It's a public holiday here in Australia, and most of us will be at the beach, or watching the cricket, or devouring leftovers, or putting together the Lego’s our kids got for Christmas (or that might just be me…). Don’t spend too long here. Go and be with the people you love, and the people who love you. Sink deep into your relationships: let your crazy uncle tell his latest tale of woe; let your kids put on incoherent puppet shows and watch on in awe; let your sister explain the importance of heating the oven to just the right temperature so that the gingerbread comes out crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. And get lost in the wonder of your loved ones allowing you to be yourself in your own glory, too.
You are loved, friend. Beyond whatever 2017 has brought you, beyond what may seem possible considering your current circumstances, beyond what the haters say and the critics write… you are l.o.v.e.d. and valuable.
So, take a moment. Breathe deep. Pray. Settle your spirit. Let these words of Mary (what we now call The Magnifcat) wash over you:
“I’m bursting with God-news;
I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after wave
on those who are in awe before him.
He bared his arm and showed his strength,
scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It’s exactly what he promised,
beginning with Abraham and right up to now.”
Luke 6:46-55 (MSG).