Through His life, death and resurrection, we all have the guarantee of eternal life
“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, for the Mighty One has done great things for me–Holy is His name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.–Luke 1:46-50.
In the Magnificat, Mary praises God for His kindness and mercy to her. When she heard that she was the one chosen to be the mother of the promised Messiah, she could not hold back her elation. She expressed her feelings in words of praise to the Mighty One, God.
How do you feel during this Christmas season?Do you feel moved to give praise and thanks to a generous, loving and compassionate God?
During the year, some of you might have experienced financial setbacks. Your health, or that of a loved one might have deteriorated. Some of you might have lost a loved one in death.
For these reasons you might conclude, it was a bad year. Consequently, you might dare say,”Give praise for what?”
Granted, conditions might not have gone the way you planned, or wanted them to go. Yet, like Mary, you have a good reason to give thanks to God.
You live in a great country. You enjoy freedom of speech. You are able to worship God without political or social reprisal. Many Bahamians are still able to find the resources to travel and can do so, unimpeded. Even in the worst of times, Bahamians fare better than most people in the world do.
Oh!Yes, you do have a reason to rejoice and say thanks to a gracious God.”The Mighty One has done great things for”you. Give thanks to God for His grace and mercy during the year.
Mary was a poor girl whom the Lord visited and chose to be the mother of the Christ. Blotting out
all other conditions in her life, she praised God enthusiastically.
Through her, God gave the greatest gift known to humankind. That is the joy of Christmas.
God sent us a Savior, Christ the Lord. He lived among us. He experienced our joy, hurts, pains, disappointments, rejections, poverty and finally death. Through His life, death, and resurrection, we all have the guarantee of eternal life.
As we come to the close of another year, I can say, like the Virgin Mary,”The Mighty One has done great things for me.”He has blessed my family and He continues to do so every day. Throughout the year, we have experienced good health. Some of us have had our moments of disappointment, yet we can raise our heads to the heavens and rejoice that the Mighty One has smiled upon us.
As we journey to Christmas and come to Easter, we will experience God’s grace and mercy. Through the gift of
Christmas, we experience the greater gift, Easter. For this alone, we say thanks.
In all that you do during the next few days and the coming year, join Mary in giving thanks to the”Mighty One”who has done great things.”
From my family, to you and your family, we pray that you have a joyous Christmas and a very happy New Year. We pray that God’s riches blessings come to you. Amen.
Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O.Box N 4794,Nassau, Bahamas or telephone 323-4107; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org: Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.