Fearing, Knowing, and Loving

Fearing, Knowing, and Loving

December 23

Read: LUKE 1:46-55

Mary’s song, often called the Magnificat, is so beautiful! It gives the worship due to our mighty, holy, merciful, sovereign, able, providential, helpful, faithful God. But it’s also a powerful challenge to the status quo. In Mary’s time, society placed fences and walls around women, who were devalued and marginalized.

So it is significant that Mary could see these insights. She is able to recognize God for who God is—look at all the attributes she declares. And she reminds us that God continues to remember God’s promises to Abraham made so many generations ago. Though society relegated women to lowly estate, Mary fears, knows, and loves God.

God, make me a change agent. Help me to fear, know, and love you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength—and help me to help others fear, know, and love you too! AMEN.

About the Author

Alice Lee | Arriving at the “gold mountain” at seven years old as a “stranger and alien” and taking ESL in my adopted homeland, I found my home and true inheritance when I entered into the eternal life relationship with Jesus (John 17:3) at the age of thirteen and gave my life to him. I had the privilege of being the first in my family to finish college, earning a BA in psychology. Then I went on to receive a master’s degree in Christian education from Dallas Theological Seminary. I am immensely blessed to partner in life and ministry with my husband, Ed, for the past thirty-six years. Together with our children (Matthew, Melissa, and Anthony Emerson) we serve at Mosaic—an intentionally diverse church— in Sugar Land, Texas, so that we the church reflect the one triune God and his heart for all people. When free, I’m learning to be nana to our granddaughter, Zoe Grace, or growing our garden.

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