At this time of year there is an inevitable interest in songs, whether it be in relation to favourite carols, Christmas songs, the winning song on the Xfactor or even who will have the Christmas number one.
Today we want to take just a few minutes to think about "Mary's song" recorded for us in the Bible in the book that was written by Dr Luke.
Now, my memory is certainly not what it used to be, however I can well remember how I felt each time I discovered that I was expecting a baby. Ok, so I didn't write a song about it, but the feelings of joy and thankfulness were there just the same.
So what caused Mary to share her song with us?
Mary had been told by the angel Gabriel that not only was she going to have a baby, but that her baby would be none other than the Son of God, and very significantly for Mary, the Messiah that her people Israel had waited literally hundreds of years for. When we consider this, it's easy to understand why her soul would praise the Lord, and she says her spirit rejoices in God her Saviour!
However, with the news of pregnancy, there can also be feelings of anxiety associated with hoping that everything will be ok with the baby. Now in carrying God's perfect child Mary didn't need to have any of those worries, however we shouldn't underestimate the concern she must have experienced given her specific circumstances at the time.
Perhaps when we see the 'lovely' way that the nativity scene is often depicted, we forget the reality of what Mary had to deal with. How many of us ever really pause to consider that most likely Mary was only 14 or 15 years of age at the time the angel appeared to her with this life changing news!
Add to this, the humiliation that she, Joseph and her family would have experienced as a result of her pregnancy being outwith her marriage to Joseph at the time.
But remarkably, none of this features in her song; Mary doesn't complain about the difficulties she must have faced but rather, she devotes her entire song to praising God for all that he has done.
If you've never done so before, read Mary's song below now. What at amazing song, what an amazing girl, what an amazing Saviour, what an amazing God!
Luke 1:46-55 (New Living Translation)
"Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
How my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour!
For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed.
For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me.
He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him.
His mighty arm has done tremendous things! He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
He has brought down princes from their thrones and exalted the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands.
He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful.
For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever.”