Day 4: Bursting for Joy (Luke 1:46–56)

Day 4: Bursting for Joy (Luke 1:46–56)

Today’s Passage: Luke 1:46–56

There are moments in our lives when our joy erupts. We become disconnected from our center of logic and control—and after that moment is all said and done, we find it quite remarkable that we had such an outburst. Perhaps this is where Mary finds herself.

Sometimes these moments come upon us—and sometimes we can move ourselves into them. Let me explain. Moments coming upon us is fairly obvious. But how can we move ourselves toward them? By praising God!

One day, I stood on my balcony looking out over the Pacific Ocean, and proclaimed Psalm 96. When I came to the verse about the “seas roaring,” I believe I roared.

Consider opening up the Psalms. Don’t just read—express them, own them. You will find yourself being taken up into the ideas and emotions. Pray the Psalms, maybe a few verses, over and over. Then simply let your spirit lead you as to when you stop.

Have you ever done that? If so, what state are you in when you finish? If not, try it and then reflect on the state it leaves you in.

Why do I suggest you do this exercise? Two reasons. First, being in God’s unmistakable presence brings joy. Second, if you are struggling with the idea that we are physical and spiritual begins, invite God’s Word to transport you right to him.

Day 5: When God Becomes Palpable (Luke 1:57–66)

Day 5: When God Becomes Palpable (Luke 1:57–66)

Day 3: Following God (Luke 1:39–45)

Day 3: Following God (Luke 1:39–45)