Hannah and Mary – Six Degrees of Separation

Much of Hannah’s prayer (1Sam. 2:1-10) is very similar in structure and style to Mary’s hymn of praise (Lk 1:46-55).  The first reading begins “My heart exults in the Lord!” while the New Testament account begins “My soul magnifies the Lord.”  Both texts are alike in expressing commitment to the Most-High God.”  We look at the visual imagery used in both writings to capture the greatness of God and the protection of those who follow Him.  We also see the continued deliverance of His chosen ones.

As believers in God, we are included among the holy nation.  Our connection to the One, who loves us and remains passionate to secure our welfare, is an overwhelming expression of our neverending thanks for deliverance.  Let us follow these mighty ancient women of our faith to stay true and filled with the Spirit.  As both mothers made great sacrifices, their awareness of the presence of God so surrounded them and filled them with love, that the only thing they could do was cry out praises.

When is the last time that your soul truly magnified (“to cause to be held in greater esteem or respect” – Webster Dictionary) the Lord?  I think that God is with us 24/7, but the noise of the world drowns out the voice that calls to us more often than we care to admit.  Our Creator wants us to stop, take a breath, and realize that we are filled with love.  I am referring to the presence of the Holy One.  We must remember to listen to His presence in our very core.

I think that Hannah and Mary had the Sacred Presence as part of their very DNA.  They listened for God’s reassurance so much so that the only way they could express themselves was by giving praise to God.  Have you ever been distinctly aware of God’s presence?  Think about the times when you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God called you to share in the goodness of His handiwork within you.  Remember and let your soul “magnify the Lord.”

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belen in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

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