Listen to Mary’s Song
(Amy Butler)

Luke 1:49-55
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
Her mercy flows in wave after wave
on those who are in awe before her.
Her bared his arm and showed her strength,
scattered the bluffing braggarts.
She knocked tyrants off their high horses,
pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
the callous rich were left out in the cold.
She embraced his chosen child, Israel;
she remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It’s exactly what she promised,
beginning with Abraham and right up to now.

In these moments when being a Christian is so grievously misrepresented in our culture, it would do us well to listen carefully to the song of Mary, the original resistor. She calls to us from the distance of thousands of years, to listen, and to believe her. She’s a prophet speaking truth to power, as any of us who claim to follow Jesus should be, and she calls us all to summon the courage to find our own voices, to tell the truth about injustice, and to call forth God’s dreams for our world.

Raise your own voice. And listen.

-Pastor Amy Butler

What do you hear when you listen to the voice of Mary and the voices of women in our world?

When you think of all that God has done for you, what is your song?

This episode was written and recorded by Amy Butler. It was produced by Jim Keat. Background tracks include Relinquish by Podington Bear, Imagination Hunt by Dexter Britain, and Angel by Goldmund.

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