And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” Luke 1:46-49
It’s my first morning home after visiting my family for Christmas. I feel a bit sad and lonely. I was thinking it’s always sad, isn’t it? Christmas is over, the company leaves and you’re left taking down the decorations and putting everything away for the next 11 months. It’s like we experience this tremendous Christmas high that crashes to the ground after New Years day.
Unfortunately, that’s the way many Christians live their spiritual life. They’re just waiting for the next big event so they can get their feel-good fix. But Mary’s first Christmas was anything but feel-good.
Mary sang and praised God for the same reasons that we ought to be singing every day of the year. She sang because of her salvation. Mary knew the challenges that were on the horizon and was getting ready to face some severe scrutiny for turning up pregnant and unwed! And never mind the anguish she was going to cause her family, who would be forced to disown her or face the same rejection.
True praise isn’t grounded in your circumstances. So as you unwind from Christmas, don’t just settle back into business as usual. Take something special from this Christmas like a better appreciation of who Christ is and what he did for you. Because while you may celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th, you should experience the life of Christ every day as he lives through you.