60 Seconds of Gratitude

Written on 12/22/2021
Christian Dunn

Verse: Luke 1:46-51

46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
    just as he promised our ancestors.”

This is famously known as Mary's song. After hearing from the angel, she travels to meet Elizabeth, and then sings this beautiful song (if you saw the Chosen Christmas movie you heard all about it!). 

It's a powerful song of gratitude. She thanks God for chosing her, a humble servant, to do this amazing task. She thanks him for protecting the powerless, feeding the hungry, and defending those in need.

When I read this, it makes me want to pause and thank God for all he has done, and is doing, in my life. How about you?

What if you took the next 60 seconds, closed your eyes (you don't have to sing!), and tried to thank God for what he's doing in your life? Think through your relationships. Which ones are particularly helpful? Think through the ways you've seen God working in your life recently. Think through the blessings in your life. Even think through the struggles. How has God used the struggles in your life to work in your heart? 

Let that be how you start your day today. Allow your heart to overflow with gratitude. You'll be amazed what it does for you.

Thank you Jesus. I am grateful for who you are in my life, and what you've done in me, and through me, and for me.