Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me. He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him. Luke 1:46–50 (NLT)
Lord Jesus, I woke up today extremely thankful for the gift of music—especially the songs of Advent and Christmas. Every hymn, carol, and chorus of this season fuels our hope, ignites our longings, and expresses our joy. Thank you for giving us multiple reasons to sing, Lord.
Mary, your mother, certainly had a different experience of you than us. And yet we can easily join in her Advent refrain today. We too are compelled to sing her song, for you’ve been mindful of our humble, broken, sinful state.
We have nothing to boast in but you, Jesus. You came to us when we weren’t seeking you, and you are being formed in us as surely as you entered the world through Mary’s womb. One Day we will be with you forever, and we will be fully like you. Hallelujah!
Like Mary, you have done great things for us, and you continue to do so. Because of your life, death, and resurrection, we are forgiven, declared righteous, desired, enjoyed, and as loved today as we’ll be loved throughout eternity.
Therefore, our hearts glory in you, and our spirits rejoice in you—our God and our Savior. As the gospel goes deeper into our hearts, free us from all fears, except the fear of the Lord.
Indeed, fill us to overflowing with awe and adoration in this season of Advent, Jesus. We don’t want a “merry little Christmas,” we want one as big as the gospel is beautiful. Restore our joy, renew our first love, capture our gaze, supersize our hope, intensify our peace. Free us to live and love well until you return. So very Amen we sing and pray, in your most glorious and grace-full name.