Tuesday, December 10
Luke 1:46b–55
God chooses to do mighty things through people who often don’t have much power in the world.

Today’s reading describes how surprised some of those people are to be chosen by God to do these mighty things. Mary is shocked that the God of the universe would choose her to do such an incredible thing. Mary’s song is a mix of celebration, surprise, and wonder that God has chosen her to give birth to God’s Son. This teenage girl is amazed that God can do such incredible things through the humblest of people.

How do we expect God to act today? And through whom? In the midst of our many challenges, today’s Gospel reading reminds us to look for God’s powerful acts to emerge from humble people who have faith. No matter your position in life, God can work through you to show God’s love to the world.

Thank you, God, for choosing to work through those who trust you. Help us to be open to whatever role you have for us to play in showing your love to the world. Amen.

From O Come, O Come Emmanuel, a publication of Luther Seminary. Used with permission. You may download O Come, O Come Emmanuel via this link. If you subscribe to Luther Seminary’s God Pause, you will receive O Come, O Come, Emmanuel in your email inbox each day of Advent. If you’re not a God Pause subscriber, sign up here and select “God Pause Daily Devotions.” You’ll continue to receive daily God Pause devotions, written by Luther Seminary alumni, after Advent ends.

Writers: Michael Binder ’17, Affiliate Faculty in Congregational Mission and Leadership; Amy Marga, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology. Theological Editor: James L. Boyce ’71, Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Greek. Cover photo by Elizabeth Explores on Unsplash.