Thursday 15 December
The smile from someone beloved; a bright and frosty day, crisp and brilliant; a conversation that makes your day shine; an unadulterated and beautifully given gift or pleasure; anything in fact that makes your heart sing. This is the heart being magnified.
When the angel Gabriel told Mary that a special child would be born to her she was filled with joy. Mary sang a song that began with the words: “My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.”
Prayer is not just about the angst of life, but also the brilliance of life. Prayer and worship needs intercession and yet it also need the praise that expands the heart and our very being.
May my soul magnify the Lord: as I see someone smile; in the bright moments of the day; through a conversation that makes my day shine; through an unadulterated and beautifully given gift or pleasure; when my heart sings may I recognise and respond to your hand O God and simply praise! Amen
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Wednesday 30 December
A reading for today was an abridges account of Anna recognising Jesus in the temple.
Anna praises God and tells everyone she meets something about the wonder of the visitation. She had spent her time in the temple day and night fasting and praying; but after touching Jesus her actions changes to proclamation.
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Sitting listening and I decide to look at Evening Prayer. What should be the psalm set for this evening but psalm 150 – how appropriate for the scene.
O praise God in his holiness; •
praise him in the firmament of his power.
2 Praise him for his mighty acts; •
praise him according to his excellent greatness. R
3 Praise him with the blast of the trumpet; •
praise him upon the harp and lyre.
4 Praise him with timbrel and dances; •
praise him upon the strings and pipe. R
5 Praise him with ringing cymbals; •
praise him upon the clashing cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath •
praise the Lord.