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.
Patty Burchell says she has a vivid memory of a promise she made to God in seventh grade: “I will go.” From that moment on, she trusted God to call her into various fields of Christian ministry. Today she serves as the first female station manager of KICY radio in Nome, Alaska, a ministry of the Alaska Conference, where she broadcasts the gospel to a vast region of western Alaska and the Russian Far East.
The story of the angel telling Mary that “the Son of the Most High” will be born through her is so familiar that I’m often tempted to gloss over it and get right to Christmas, to the shepherds and all heaven rejoicing.
I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying “It is better to give than to receive.” But my friend and mentor Dale Vallejo-Sanderson challenges this idea by saying: “When you receive well, you give well.”
When I was a child, my mom who had moved from Hilo, Hawai’i to Oregon, told me to make sure I dressed nicely and presented myself well because I looked different and people would treat me differently.