Read Luke 1:46-49
“My soul magnifies the Lord, for He that is mighty hath done unto me great things.” These verses from what we call The Magnificat must be put it into context. Mary still didn’t understand Virgin Birth. She still had anxieties about what people would think. She still didn’t fully comprehend the Messianic nature of her Child. She still had fears and worries. But amid all that, she was aware that (a) something was about to happen that would change her life in a beautiful way, and (b) God was responsible. She didn’t allow some of the troubling particulars of her life to blind her to the undeniable blessings at her doorstep.
Advent is about that. The Birth of Jesus doesn’t magically erase all our problems. But, it does put them in perspective. It reminds us that even in bad times, there are also blessings if we just look for them. Maybe Advent is a good time to do just that – to intentionally name (even write down) one-by-one the blessings that make our lives warm and wonderful. Take that inventory, and perhaps it will lead you to sing with Mary, “My soul magnifies the Lord, for He that is mighty hath done unto me great things.”