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Pastor Note

In the first chapter of the Gospel According to Luke, we find the wonderful words of Mary, “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.” These words – the opening words of The Magnificat – speak of Mary’s praise, given to God for all God has done for her, and for choosing her to be God’s servant.
These are rich and moving words form Mary, a woman whose life could have wound up in scandal and unhappiness at the age of fourteen, but who instead, by her own admission, became the recipient of “mighty and great things.”

The lesson we learn from Mary here is this: We are all called to live lives of servitude and devotion to God in response to all we have received from God – even though, like Mary, from time to time, we may find our lives confusing and difficult. The good news is that we are enabled to do this because, also like Mary, we have had the will of God revealed to us – revealed to us in the words of Holy Scripture and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

During the season of Advent, as we await the coming of our Lord and Savior, may all our souls glorify God almighty, the God of our salvation who has blessed us, and done great things for us all!

The Rev. Dr. Bill Everhart, is an ordained Presbyterian minister (PCUSA), who has served pastorates in North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia, along with working in the community counseling field. He holds Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, and a Masters in Counseling degree from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Bill lives in Woodstock, VA, and is the father of two daughters, Anna and Ashley. An avid musician, Bill also enjoys cooking, hiking, golf and a good book.