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Advent Joy

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Mary said,

“With all my heart I glorify the Lord!
    In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.  
He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant.” -Luke 1:46


Reading Mary’s magnificat makes me realize I set my emotional and spiritual temperature too much by the news cycle. Here’s Mary, watching the Roman soldiers walk down the dusty streets of her hometown, knowing that the screw of Roman control is being tightened around her. Yet when she hears the improbable message that God is at work in ever-new ways, through her, of all people, she believes it. She sings a song, not of the way things are, but of the way they will be.

“Canticle of the Turning”, written by Rory Cooney and based on Mary’s song in Luke 1:46-55, has become my favorite Advent carol:

My soul cries out with a joyful shout
that the God of my heart is great,
And my spirit sings of the wondrous things
that you bring to the ones who wait.
You fixed your sight on your servant’s plight,
and my weakness you did not spurn,
So from east to west shall my name be blest.
Could the world be about to turn?

My heart shall sing of the day you bring.
Let the fires of your justice burn.
Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near,
and the world is about to turn!

From the halls of power to the fortress tower,
not a stone will be left on stone.
Let the king beware for your justice tears
ev’ry tyrant from his throne.
The hungry poor shall weep no more,
for the food they can never earn;
There are tables spread, ev’ry mouth be fed,
for the world is about to turn.

So which song will I sing today? The FoxNews song or the MSNBC song or the CNN song? No power in any of those songs! I choose Mary’s song of a world yet to be.

With children:

Have an opposite day! Put on clothes backwards and wear your socks on your hands! Be silly and joyful! Tell children that sometimes the world is opposite of how it is supposed to be, but God is at work getting it back right again!


For those who are hungry, and for those who have so much that they are stressed with the management of it, that we will all be set right again.