“Mary,” Gabe said. “The Lord loves you, and he is with you. You are going to have a very special baby and God is going to do great things with him.”
“This can’t happen. How am I supposed to have a kid? I am still a virgin.”
Gabe, amused that even still after all Israel has been through, humans cannot wrap their minds around the things that God can do. “The Holy Spirit will take care of that. Your cousin is going to have a baby also.”
Mary doubted again. Elizabeth was very old, well beyond the age of having children.
“Nothing is impossible with God.” Gabe smiled.
“Well, let the Lord do what he wants with me. I am his servant.”
“Good girl.” And with that Gabriel was off.
Mary could not believe it. What a strange sort of vision. A dream perhaps? This couldn’t be true right? There was only one way to find out. Mary had to go see Elizabeth. She didn’t live far away, half a days walk maybe, but this was worth it. Perhaps she could help Mary make sense of all of this.
She walked into town and went to her cousins house where she lived with her husband Zachariah. She walked in and called out, “Hello!” Then, she could see the happiness in her cousins face for in that moment the baby in her stomach kicked. Mary was shocked. Could all of this actually be true then? Could it be a coincidence? Stranger things have happened, maybe it is a coincidence that Elizabeth was pregnant.
But Elizabeth, in excitement of her own explained to Mary that she too had a vision from God telling her all of the same things that Mary had heard, and it was then that doubts shrank away and a glimpse of the full weight hit her. She sat down, and in excited joy, confusion, happiness and blessing sang a song to the Lord.
This song, known as Mary’s Song is a Greatest Hit as far as the Bible is concerned and has been sang and modeled over a million ways. In church tradition this is known as the Magnificat. Provided below is the text and the song.
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
- he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.
- From this day all generations will call me blessed;
- the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name.
- He has mercy on those who fear him,
- from generation to generation.
- He has shown strength with his arm
- and has scattered the proud in their conceit,
- Casting down the mighty from their thrones
- and lifting up the lowly.
- He has filled the hungry with good things
- and sent the rich away empty.
- He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
- to remember his promise of mercy,
- The promise made to our ancestors,
- to Abraham and his children for ever.