Devotionals & Walk with God · Motherhood · Parenting

Christmas’ Magnificat – Learning Humility

Today during circle time, which is part of our family Christmas tradition, we took our character cards to grandparents’ home and read on the character quality “Humility v Pride”.

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Our character study for the day focuses on humility – what it means to live in harmony with others, how to associate with the lowly. and how not to be wise in our own sight (Romans 12:16).

The children listened intently to me reading a Christmas storybook while they coloured away print outs from their Christmas notebook.

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Read-alouds and verse memorisation during circle time has become one of my best moments of the day with the children. In those few minutes we had together, we talked, laughed, asked questions, and refocussed for the day while while we carefully store important character values in our minds and hearts. I always feel bonded after those moments together!

Talking about humility, Mary’s magnificat should also be our Christmas anthem.

Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat

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46 And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
    For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
    and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,

55 as he spoke to our fathers,
    to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

John Piper made his point when he wrote that “the only people whose soul can truly magnify the Lord are people like Elizabeth and Mary…two obscure humble women who are old and barren, and young and virginal…but who clearly see the most remarkable thing about God, and that He is about to change the course of all human history”. 

As the children and I talk about what it means to be humble, and what our attitudes should be when it comes to doing chores we don’t like or serving in ways that others wouldn’t notice, I can’t help but think of humility as the badge of freedom from the bondage of self and the key that enables us to truly worship.

The children’s blessing buddies project for the day was hidden beneath the piles of toys in the grandparents’ home – and the special instruction was to ‘bless your neighbour by raking their leaves’. Instantly, the kids (and I) have a renewed perspective of what it means to clean somebody else’s junk!

Today also served as an important milestone as the school year officially closes and Mummy school officially launches. This year has walked away before our eyes and a new year awaits ahead…I can’t put to words how many blessings He has given us and I too want to offer my own magnificat, and by His grace, to truly walk in humility before my family.

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(My son and his friends during the school’s Christmas concert – his first school performance! What a star!)

Thank you for reading!

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