What is the most unexpected event you have experienced this week? How did you respond? Did it cause you to be grateful? Why or why not?
This story has three pieces. The first piece is Mary's conversation with an angel. You can read this portion in Luke 1:26-38. The second piece is Mary's conversation with her cousin, Elizabeth. You can read this portion in Luke 1:39-45. The final piece is Mary's conversation with God. You can read this portion in Luke 1:46-55.
How would you describe the swing in emotions Mary was experiencing during this time? What might have caused her to be anxious or afraid? What might have caused her to be joyful? What might have caused her to be angry? What might have caused her to be at peace?
How would you describe Elizabeth's conversation with Mary?
Who do you know that blesses you whenever you are around them?
What can you do this week to be a blessing to the people around you?
What is your favorite phrase in Mary's prayer (vs.46-55)? Why?
Which phrases recognize God's strength? Which phrases recognize God's mercy?
How have you experienced God's strength and mercy in your life?
What did Mary say in her prayer about God's provision for her and for Israel?
How has God provided for you this week? This month? This year?
Have everyone in the room share 2-3 reasons they are grateful to God.
Challenge everyone who is willing to take a gratitude challenge in which they commit to contact one another every day (text, email, call, etc.) for the sole purpose of sharing one reason they are thankful.