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This Advent Christmas season I’ve really embraced Mary’s song, reading it daily, praying it, and writing my own (above). Being pregnant with lupus has made me meditate on so many different aspects I hadn’t before.

One of the things I love is how greatly justice comes into play through the whole birth story. From the Old Testament to New Testament, these prophesies cry out: Hold on! Justice is coming!

Scott Erickson

Elisa’s Magnificant

My heart-beat amplifies the Lord!

My depths delight in God, my rescuer!

He sees me,

An ordinary one who responds with “yes.”

Following generations are unlikely to know how favored I am—But the Most Powerful still does His magic here!

Oh, He is the just and perfect one!

He gives grace, time and time again for those who live as His.

God uses His strength by

Humbling the proud—Sending them to their knees.

He takes back power from those

Acting the King or Queen,

Only caring for their own gain.

He rises up the marginalized,

Whom most despise or ignore.

For those longing and empty,

In need in heart, body or soul,

He pours goodness into.

To those brimming full and rich,

He sends packing,

Giving a taste of what a lack generosity brings.

He protects His promises to all with faith!

Even in His justice, He puts mercy first.

This good news He ensured to those before,

From the beginning,

Is now a legacy to us,

His children!

My soul glorifies the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

The Lord looks on me, a lowly servant;

henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

The Almighty works marvels for me.

Holy is God’s name!

God’s mercy is from age to age, on those who are faithful.

God puts forth an arm in strength and scatters the proud-hearted

—casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly.

God fills the hungry with good things and sends the rich away empty,

protecting Israel, God’s servant, remembering mercy,

the mercy promised to our ancestors,

to Abraham, Sarah, and their children forever.

Luke 1

I’ve also loved the art and words from Scott Erickson’s Honest Advent this year. Pregnancy, birth, and caring for an infant (even divine) isn’t always as sweet as it is represented. I encourage you to check it out!

In the comments tell me one thing that you’ve meditated on this Christmas season!

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