Filled with Hope and Gratitude (ACS 907, Verse 3)
3 Hungry people eat good things and find an honored place;
the rich are sent away though they are hungry.
The promise to our forebears
God renews for us today:
the world is filled with God’s abundant mercy.
Text: Paul Damico-Carper, b. 1981, based on Luke 1:46–55
Text © 2013 Augsburg Fortress
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“He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” (Luke 1:55)
Sometimes we Christians get so focused on the life and promise of Jesus the Christ that we overlook what God had done before him. Mary remembered. Mary remembered all the love and mercy that God had shown to her ancestors, the children of Israel, and this love of God was a constant throughout their history. The birth of Jesus was not something new, but the culmination of God’s grace shown to Abraham and his descendants, going back to the beginning of time.
God of all time, help us to remember your mighty deeds of love and mercy to the children of Israel, and enfold us into your eternal family. Amen.