An Advent reflection on Mary’s Magnificat in the era of Black Lives Matter

Mary said, “Yes.”

In her Magnifcat filled with praise and promise, she said “yes” to all that God was birthing in her because she knew that her extravagant “yes” would unleash liberation upon the world.

With all my heart I glorify the Lord!
In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior…
He has shown strength with his arm.
He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations.
He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones and lifted up the lowly. …

It was a warm Los Angeles evening. (Aren’t they all?)

We were at Pico and La Brea, grabbing dinner at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, a late night LA institution and hands-down one of my favorite restaurants of all time. We sat at a little table by the window under the pink glow of a single strip of neon that wound its way around the entire dining room. A woman named “Big Mama” came over to take our order.

There is nothing like Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles.

I got my usual, the Carol C. Special: one succulent chicken breast (the menu’s words, not mine) and one waffle…

Sam Lundquist

Queer Pastor-To-Be and Writer. Loves God. Loves Glitter. More at

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