Devotion for the Fourth Tuesday in Advent

Luke 1:46-55 (ESV)

46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

Heavenly Father, Mary was so young and faced with a situation that must have been confusing and frightening. Yet she praised You and recognized that Your plan was perfect. Give us that kind of faith—so we praise You in all circumstances, even those that are frightening and confusing. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Ghost, ever  one God, world without end. Amen.

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