15 December 19

Last night we were making stuff that we normally don’t eat. Next weekend we travel for Christmas, so today is the lunch for our family here. Kea is a very good cook, and walked out of a couple of bakeries muttering that she can do better.

It is also the Christmas service today: four services in the one day. Town was busy yesterday. The end of year pressure is ramping up: things have to be finished because Christmas comes with the summer holidays for many and nothing really happens in January in the Antipodes. It is like August in France.

After quoting Hannah’s prayer yesterday, the prayer of Mary is appropriate. But note that we are to hold to the faith. We are to take as our example the saints and martyrs of old. They witnessed in their time.

This time we are sent to do our duty to God, our homes, and our nations.

James 5:7-10
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until [a]it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Do not [b]complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing [c]right at the [d]door. 10 As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

Luke 1:46-55
46 And Mary said:

“My soul [a]exalts the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 “For He has had regard for the humble state of His [b]bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
49 “For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
50 And His mercy is [c]upon generation after generation
Toward those who fear Him.
51 “He has done [d]mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the [e]thoughts of their heart.
52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has exalted those who were humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
54 “He has given help to Israel His servant,
[f]In remembrance of His mercy,
55 As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and his [g]descendants forever.”