For the next two weeks, I'll be spending time on a Holy Land Pilgrimage in Israel with Ecclesia Houston and my Pastor, Chris Seay. I'll be posting daily updates at the end of every day documenting moments through photo and video. I recommend following our fellow friend + genius photographer, Kirby Trapolino, at

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On Monday, we began the day with a visit to Nazareth to visit the historical Mary’s well, where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would bear Jesus. We continued to a visit to the Tulip Winery, a very special award winning winery for a wine tasting. This beautiful day filled with perfect weather was topped off with a ceremony for a renewal of vows for a few couples from Ecclesia Houston.

Jesus, Son of God

And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy — the Son of God.
— Luke 1:31–35

Salvation Meets Human History

Earlier in this chapter, Elizabeth (pregnant with John the Baptist) feels the baby kick at the presence of Mary, leading her to be filled with the Holy Spirit. In this scene, we can see what God is up to. He is about to change the course of human history. The Savior is coming and walking the earth for the next 33 years. And it all starts with God working through and with two humble women—one old and barren, one young and virginal. What we witness after this, in scriptures, is Mary breaking out in song:

My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
— Luke 1:46-50


My prayer is that I may live for my soul to magnify the Lord. This is not something that is verbalized. We cannot hear each others souls. It is an intimate, supernatural occurrence that happens between only God + I, you + God. I pray that you + I may feel the greatness and holiness and mercy of God. It is then that our souls may magnify the Lord, through the rejoicing in Him! Let our praises be heard.