God's love is always faithfully at work, always chasing after us.
God's love continues to enter into all the ordinary, marvelous, and messy realities of life in this world.
May you experience this great and faithful love today.next >
"He shows mercy to everyone, from one generation to the next, who honors him as God.
He has shown strength with his arm. He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations. He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones and lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty-handed.
He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, remembering his mercy, just as he promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and to Abraham’s descendants forever.”
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Mary's song moves from the personal in the previous verses to sharing this vision of how God is at work in all the world. At first, it seems like God is turning things upside down: the lowly are lifted up and the hungry filled with good things, while the powerful and rich find themselves humbled. Yet, this is actually God setting things right-side-up. Jesus’ teachings and his very life show us what this "right-side-up" way of life looks like.
A God-fueled revolution is underway that is good news to all — even the forgotten and lowly and poor. This is a revolution that changes the way the world works — even politics, economics, and all the ways of power. It's a revolution based on love — God’s love and mercy for all, which in turn lead us to live in ways of love and mercy for all, too. This work God is doing through Mary and her child isn't just some feel-good event; it's a world-changing revolution of love!
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God of Love, help me to see just how big and how wonderful your revolution of love is! May this revolution continue to change our world… and may it continue to change me. Amen.next >
Today, may you experience the relentless, faithful love of God entering your world. May it change you.
May that same love send you out into this world to relentlessly, faithfully love others as you have been loved.
Chris Cash is an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a graduate of the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. He serves as pastor of Oxford Christian Church in Georgetown, Kentucky, where he, his wife Erin, and their daughter Ella also reside. He enjoys running, Chicago Cubs baseball, superheroes, reading, family time, and sweet tea.
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