โ€œ๐— ๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ, ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜. ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ, ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ; ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ฒ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ. ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—บ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. ๐—›๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜๐—ต ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ; ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€; ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ; ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐˜†. ๐—›๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—œ๐˜€๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น, ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐˜†, ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€, ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—”๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ.โ€ โ€”๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿญ:๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฒโ€“๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฑ

Mary sees clearly a most remarkable thing about God: He is about to change the course of all human history. The most important three decades in all of time are about to begin.

And where is God? Occupying himself with two obscure, humble womenโ€”one old and barren (Elizabeth), one young and virginal (Mary). And Mary is so moved by this vision of God, the lover of the lowly, that she breaks out in song โ€” a song that has come to be known as โ€œthe Magnificatโ€ (Luke 1:46โ€“55).

Mary and Elizabeth are wonderful heroines in Lukeโ€™s account. He loves the faith of these women. The thing that impresses him most, it appears, and the thing he wants to impress on Theophilus, his noble reader, is the lowliness and cheerful humility of Elizabeth and Mary

Elizabeth says,โ€œWhy is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord would come to me?โ€ (Luke 1:43). And Mary says, โ€œHe has looked on the humble estate of his servantโ€ (Luke 1:48).

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ค๐™จ๐™š ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ก ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ข๐™–๐™œ๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™›๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™‡๐™ค๐™ง๐™™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ ๐™š ๐™€๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฏ๐™–๐™—๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎโ€”๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ค ๐™–๐™˜๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ก๐™š๐™™๐™œ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ก๐™ข๐™š๐™™ ๐™—๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™จ๐™˜๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ข๐™–๐™œ๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™›๐™ž๐™˜๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™.

SOURCE: Taken from Good News of Great Joy (Daily Readings for Advent) by John Piper. ยฉ 2013

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