"Mary said, "With all my heart I glorify the Lord! In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior. He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant. Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored because the mighty one has done great things for me. Holy is his name. He shows mercy to everyone, from one generation to the next, who honors him as God. He has shown strength with his arm. He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations. He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones and lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty-handed. He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, remembering his mercy, just as he promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and to Abraham's descendants forever."
I have to confess -- I've missed 5 days! Bad, Rachel. VERY BAD.
That being said, the Magnificat could not have come at a better point in my Advent journey. The last 5 days I have been so bogged down with school work. I mean hours upon hours of reading, analyzing, taking notes, reading some more, writing, reading, writing, reading, taking notes, writing. It's exhausting just thinking about it. But I turned in papers yesterday. WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!
I could NOT wait for the end to come! I wonder if Mary felt the same. A child inside of her was going to do wonderful things, amazing things, things that would bring her joy. Was this time ever going to get here? For me, at least, time couldn't go fast enough. Then I emailed my papers and it was over. Sigh of relief. Happiness. All the things I could finally do now I did.
Then I saw this video today that brought joy to my life. I saw this link on Facebook and when it said "piano" and "magic" I couldn't help but play it. When I watched it filled me with joy -- the video makers promised magic, they promised amazing, and that it was. It made me remember why I so love this season. Yes, Advent is about anticipation. Yes, Advent is about waiting. Yes, Advent is about yearning for Christ to be here already. But Advent is also about rejoicing. It's about getting excited. It's about seeing the magic that is to come. It's about being promised something amazing and then getting it. I hope you take the time to watch the video -- I promise it won't disappoint. And I hope you take a moment to remember that God's promise won't disappoint either. :)