Tearing Down and Building Up

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And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
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 1:46-55

Mary’s hope for her unborn child is that he represents a God who will tear down the mighty from their thrones and lift up the lowly. Each of us has the power to tear down and the power to build up. The question is, do we use that power to confront and upset injustice, or to make ourselves feel more secure?

In this season, when the mighty of our culture are using tons of money to convince us to buy new things, let’s use one moment today to exercise our own power to tear down and re-create. Find an ad page (the more colorful and shiny the better!) Tear it into small pieces (like the size of a penny). Paste or tape the pieces to a blank piece of paper—make something beautiful—a rainbow, or a star, or garden of flowers.

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