Good morning and to God be all the honour and the glory. My brothers and sisters in the Lord we are approaching the Throne of God’s grace. We praised the Lord and thank Him for His grave, love and mercies.
He embraced His chosen child, Israel; He remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high. It’s exactly what He promised, beginning with Abraham and right up to now. — Luke 1:54–55
Soon after Mary received a visit from the angel telling her she would give birth to Jesus, the Son of God, she left to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was also miraculously pregnant in her older age, carrying the forerunner of Jesus: John the Baptist.
Following Elizabeth’s joyful greeting, Mary broke into a spontaneous song of her own. In the well-known “Magnificat,” Mary’s praise-filled words acknowledged the wonder of what had happened to her and how it would affect future generations. But her declaration of praise centered on the One who had made all things possible — for her and for Elizabeth. You have to know the path you are taking and the foundation you are placing your feet. Elizabeth knew her conviction and when Mary heard that salutation the child in her leaped and she began to sing “My soul doth magnify the Lord …..”
I love this Message translation that shows so clearly heaven’s track record. Mary told how God had “embraced” the nation of Israel like a chosen child. And beginning with Abraham, where God first revealed His covenant of blessing, Mary said God “remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high… right up to now.” Not only was Mary talking about herself as a recipient of those mercies, but she also was carrying the Promise fulfilled inside her: Jesus. Mary knew you were a part of this inheritance and mentioned you in her prayer of song.
We, as God’s children, are also the beneficiaries of that covenant blessing.
At Christmas, and all year long, Jesus continues to pile on the mercies.
Romans 5:5 (msg) says, We can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives.
For us, like Mary, His grace, mercy, and love are overwhelming benefits to those who will believe — and receive. That would make anyone want to break out in song. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. And we break out in song “The strife is o’er and the battle won.” It is time to look ahead to Easter and every day we will remember these words “New every morning is Thy love”.
Faith Step: How has Jesus piled on mercies in your life last year? Take time to remember today, and thank Him for remembering His promise, and that you are a recipient of those mercies. We need it more than ever. Stay at His Throne of Grace when ever you make that approach. You need it and I do also. May Almighty God bless and keep you day by day.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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