Thursday, December 08, 2016

Mary's First Blessedness

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
O praise the Lord, and thou, my soul
forever bless his Name;
his wondrous love, while life shall last,
my constant praise shall claim.
 —Psalm 146:1-2
Suggested tune: Dundee (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord."
—Luke 1:41-45
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Elisabeth affirms that her cousin was blessed on account of the blessedness of her child. To carry Christ in her womb was not Mary's first blessedness, but was greatly inferior to the distinction of being born again by the Spirit of God to a new life. Yet she is justly called blessed, on whom God bestowed the remarkable honor of bringing into the world his own Son, through whom she had been spiritually renewed. And at this day, the blessedness brought to us by Christ cannot be the subject of our praise, without reminding us, at the same time, of the distinguished honor which God was pleased to bestow on Mary, in making her the mother of his Only Begotten Son.
—John Calvin
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
God of grace, grant that Mary’s obedience may inspire me to obey your will and receive Jesus Christ as Lord of my heart...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
—Matthew 6:9-13

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