First scripture reading from Luke 1: 46b-55 is the Magnificat, Mary’s Song of Praise. Magnificat, a Latin word, is the first word in this passage and is praising God for what he is going to do through her, and that all would be well through her faith. This song has been used through the centuries as a basis for many hymns and choral music. God is portrayed in this passage as a savior of the hungry and downtrodden for the ages.
The second scripture is from 2 Samuel 7: 18, 23-29. This prayer in the Old Testament is from David to God thanking him for what He has done for him and his people, taking them out of Egypt. David is then asking God to keep his promise to him and his descendants with His blessings so that they would help fulfill God’s greater purpose. Then through them the world would be continued to be blessed.
The third scripture is from the New Testament in Galatians 3: 6-14. In this passage Paul writes that we should consider Abraham. He lived by faith, that his descendants would be blessed; that by their faith they might receive the promise of the Spirit.
In all three of these passages, mortals are praising and thanking God for his help and blessings, asking God to continue his mercy to them. They receive blessings through their continued faith, even through hardships. May we continue to live in the faith and fulfill God’s purpose for us and for all humankind.