Singing Mary's Song | An Advent Message of Hope and Deliverance (Stroman)
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Soon after the angel Gabriel announced to Mary the astonishing news that she would bear the long-awaited Messiah, Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was also expecting a child. As Mary greeted Elizabeth, the child in Elizabeth's womb (John the Baptist) leaped inside her. Elizabeth exclaimed to Mary, God has blessed you among all women. Why do I have this honor, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Mary responded by singing a song of praise to God, commonly known as the Magnificat. Her song, recorded in Luke 1:46-55, was not just a sweet lullaby sung in anticipation of the baby Jesus' birth, Stroman says. Instead, it was a message of deliverance and hope. Mary's song proclaimed deliverance and hope to a dark and fearful world. It continues to bring challenge and hope to us today.
About the Author
John A. Stroman is a teacher and writer in Tallahassee, Florida. He served as a United Methodist pastor for 40 years, including being senior pastor at Pasadena Community Church, St. Petersburg. Stroman holds a doctorate in theology from Boston University School of Theology.
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Upper Room (September 28, 2012)
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