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WEEK ONE | DAY ONE | LUKE 1:46-55
Inspired by Mary’s prayer (also known as The Magnificat), this powerful hymn tells of the hope and promise found in Jesus. Though we, like Mary, are small and seemingly insignificant, and though the nations clash and collide throughout the ages, God is great and in the process of “turning the world around.”
In recent years, many women from a marginalized people group in the Middle East were forced into unwanted marriages and sex slavery by violent Muslim fundamentalist groups during their wars, resulting in an alarmingly high rate of suicide among these women. Church planters in the region organized women’s empowerment camps and counseling centers, extending the healing, hope and new life of the Promised Savior to the women and others devastated by war in the area. The Body of Christ is growing throughout the Middle East. Please pray with us! There are signs that the tide is turning from the dangers of extreme fundamentalism toward a more moderate Islam with slightly greater religious freedoms. In the face of injustice and war, may all peoples know and embrace the promise that God is “turning the world around.”
Canticle of the Turning—Author/Composer: Rory Cooney. Copyright © 1990 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.