Crossroads: Mary’s Song

Luke 1:46b-55

Your Story

Talk about a time when you shared God’s peace with others. What did you say? What stories from your own life did you use?

My Story and the Bible Story

I loved talking about Jesus as a child and teenager. I tried to share Jesus with my friends. There was a time when a good friend of mine was having a hard time. Her parents were fighting a lot, and their family was struggling. So I shared God’s peace with her. I told her about difficult times that I had been through, and how God had always been there for me. I told her that God remembers us and that God is always with us. I told her about God’s mercy and saving grace. I told her so that she could experience God’s peace for herself, so that she could take comfort in the fact that God is always there with her.

Mary has great news! God has sent the Savior, and Mary wants everyone to know. And so she sings her song. Read Luke 1:46b-55. From the Message: And Mary said: I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened— I’m the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten, the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others. His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him. He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts. He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud. The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold. 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.

“His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him.” God’s mercy doesn’t just come to us once. It continues to flow, over and over again. Mercy is compassion, kindness. It is grace, something we don’t deserve and we haven’t earned. Mercy sees us where we are, sees the things we have done wrong, and forgives us. And God doesn’t just forgive us once. God forgives over and over again. And God does more than that. God takes care of us. God pulls the victims from the mud and feeds the starving poor. God does exactly what God has promised. God promised the Messiah would come. And Jesus not only came to this world, but he did something completely unexpected: he died for us so that we could be free. Jesus came and brought with him hope, love, joy, and peace. And like Mary, when we experience the things Jesus brought to us, we should share them! Mary sings of God’s mercy. We, too, can tell others of God’s mercy and the peace God brings to us.

Discussion and Prayer

• Think about God’s peace. How has God brought you peace? How has God shown you mercy?
• How can you share God’s peace and mercy with others? What are some ways you can share Jesus with those around you?
• If you were singing a song of joy to God, what would it have in it? This week, as a family, write a song of joy to God. Use Mary’s song for inspiration.

Pray, thanking God for God’s mercy. Ask for help in sharing God’s mercy and peace with others.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

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