Rest

May we have eyes to see and ears to hear and wits to understand that beauty is as close as breathing and is crying out to be born within ourselves and in the world.

-Friedrich Buechner

Inspire

Luke 1:46-52

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowly state of his servant. Surely from now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name; indeed, his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones and lifted up the lowly.

Illuminate

Wow! I can just feel all the emotions that Mary must have been feeling after her visit by the angel Gabriel and the visit with her cousin Elizabeth that confirmed things the angel told her. Her heart was exploding with worship for what she had been chosen to do. Chosen…. not by accident, but divinely to bring to pass prophecy of old. To be the vessel that would usher Grace into the world that would redeem the loss of the house of Israel, and ultimately the world, back to the Father. Mary, young and a nobody, would soon be known the world over as the blessed, happy, and favored mother of the Savior of the World. Mary was hand-picked by God, the Mighty One, who has done mighty deeds, brought down the proud, brought down rulers, and exalted those who were humble. 

Can you imagine it? Can you imagine how it would feel to have Almighty God, our Father, choose you for such a great task? To have Him visit you and call you by name to do a great work for Him? A lot of us as children of God feel like we aren’t special enough or high enough in the religious pecking order to do a great work for Him. But just like Mary, God can and loves to exalt the humble of heart to do great works for Him. We only must be willing to say yes to the call. 

Give

In whatever your ministry is, be it in the Church or outside the 4 walls of the church, try to take notice of those humble workers of the vineyard. They may not volunteer for the most visible roles, but they are faithful, hardworking, and give 100% in everything that they do. Take the time to let them know that what they do has not gone unnoticed and that they are appreciated.

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