How do you respond to joyful occasions in your life? Sometimes we respond with quiet introspection, and other times with unbounded enthusiasm. In response to Elizabeth’s proclamation, “Blessed is she who has believed,” Mary could not contain herself. She praised God in song. As you pray, do not withhold your praise, but let your love for God and what He has done be made known.

This post is part of a series of reflections that take us through the Advent season. They are intended to help us set our minds on the true meaning of Christmas. Manning Brown, director of Regular Baptist Chaplaincy, compiled these reflections for his church while he was stationed in Germany.