Mindfulness, Mercy, and Remembering (An Advent Reflection)

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.” (Luke 1:46b-55)

In reading the Magnificat this Advent season, I was taken by the description of a God who is mindful and remembers. Mindfulness and remembering lead God to do great things for Mary and all of Israel out of mercy and a will for justice.

Often, remembering means dwelling on the past. That's not exactly something we strive to do in mindfulness practice. Here, however, Mary speaks of a God who provides us with a powerful example of remembering as a means to return to the present moment in both compassion and righteousness.

How do you remember to wake up and return to "thisherenow" with mercy for yourself? for others?

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What are you noticing today?

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for Mindful Monday

A posting in the Crystallize Meaning through Creativity: An Advent Event
Scripture: Luke 1:46b-55
Please offer a link to your Advent Reflection using the comments or feel free to leave your thoughts.

© 2013, post, Donna Pierce
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