My Soul Proclaims …

Deborah Beach Giordano
© February 24, 2012

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
     ~ Mary’s Magnificat; Luke 1:46

This lovely song of celebration makes me uncomfortable. I find myself thinking: What does my soul proclaim? Too often, I confess, a kind of shriveled cynicism; a suspicion that all is not well, that our tasks are too hard, the world’s failings too complete.

Especially after driving in commute traffic.

What if there were a way to see just how things are with us, internally? Imagine a microscopic examination of our spiritual condition — where our deepest essence was revealed. Now that would be scary.

There might be a few flecks of light, but then … What is that?? An alarming accumulation of ugly things: frustration, anger, and resentment, envy, scorn, and fear…. I can see it now: like germs in commercials for Lysol. 

Ewwww.

That’s not what I want inside me. That’s not who I want to be.

Perhaps Mary’s words can serve as an affirmation: a goal to be achieved, a statement of what will (God willing) one day be true; that abundant joy and gratitude shall abide in our hearts and shine forth from our souls

and fill the whole world with love.

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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