A contemporary Magnificat

Daily Reading for May 31 • The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

How awesome to be in the presence

Of you, Lord, the One

Who brings Good News. . . .

How delightful the indwelling of

Your Holy Spirit,

Who has set on fire my battered heart,

Babbled my twisted tongue,

Strengthened my feeble knees


Purified my sin-sick soul. . . .

Your name will be forever glorified

In the songs that I sing,

The tears that I shed,


In all of my afflictions.

Lift up my words.

Humble my pride.

Let my love for you be shown.

Not only with my lips,

But in the life that I live.

From “An Awesome Lord” by Joanne Starks, quoted in Women’s Uncommon Prayers: Our Lives Revealed, Nurtured, Celebrated edited by Elizabeth Rankin Geitz, Marjorie A. Burke, and Ann Smith. Copyright © 2000. Used by permission of Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. www.morehousepublishing.com

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