BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK: Luke 1:46-56 NRSV
And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
56 And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
PRAYERS & QUESTIONS:
Sunday: Luke 1:46-47
Dear Jesus, I have joy in my soul because of you! Make my actions help others to see you. Amen.
In what way does your life point out Jesus to others? What about God causes you to rejoice?
Monday: Luke 1:48-49
Dear God, I thank you for the many blessings that you have given me. Help me to be a blessing to others. Amen.
In what ways do you consider yourself to be blessed? What are the blessings that God has given to you?
Tuesday: Luke 1:50
Dear God, I am amazed by all that you do. Help me to always show love and respect to you. Amen.
What do you think it means to have a healthy respect for, or fear of, God? In what ways do you show respect to God? How do you disrespect God?
Wednesday: Luke 1:51
(Offer those things which are on your heart or minds today to God using your own words.)
What are the thoughts that are on your heart today? They might be joyful, or sad, or clear, or murky. What it is like to know that God shares your thoughts?
Thursday: Luke 1:52-53
Dear Jesus, you turn the world upside down. Open my eyes to see those in need and to be your hands & feet of help and compassion. Amen.
When is a time that you remember being hungry? What are some ways that you and your family can help those who are hungry on a regular basis?
Friday: Luke 1:54-55
Dear God, you are faithful, forever and ever. Help me to be faithful in keeping the promises that I have made. Amen.
What kind of promises have you made? How have you been faithful or unfaithful in keeping them? What kind of promises has God made to you? How has God been faithful?
Saturday: Luke 1:56
Dear Jesus, I thank you that I have a home in you. Please make me mindful of those who have no homes, or do not have safe homes in which to live. Amen.
Describe the place that you call home. What does it feel like, smell like, look like, taste like? What does it mean to you to “be at home”? Who does God figure in to this equation?