2019 Advent Devotional: Tues, 12/24 – Christmas Eve

Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25 Birth stories can be powerful experiences to tell others about, and the writer of Matthew begins the story of God’s in-breaking into our world by setting the scene for a humble birth story. This passage tells us what the reality of Joseph and Mary’s situation was before Jesus was born. Many children […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Mon, 12/23

Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25 What is a barrier? When I looked up dictionary definitions of “barrier”, I found: A law, rule, problem, etc., that makes something difficult or impossible. Something that makes it difficult for people to understand each other. An obstacle that prevents movement or access. I think of Jesus as the opposite of a […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Sun, 12/22

Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25 The foundations of Christianity are Love, Joy, Faith and Peace, which consolidate with the Birth of Christ. We need faith more than ever. Faith is stronger than Hope, and while it burns less brightly than Passion, it is the underpinnings of our beliefs. It is our own little spiritual pilot light, always […]

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2019 Advent Devotional:
Introduction to Week 4

Welcome to the fourth week of the 2019 Advent Devotional! The scripture around which our devotional writers centered their reflections this week is Matthew 1:18-25: 18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah[a] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Sat, 12/21

Scripture: Luke 1:46-55 This particular passage is called the Magnificat, a song sung by Mary praising God. She sings this as a response to God choosing her to be the mother of Jesus. She is awed and humbled, she feels blessed, and she is thanking God for the great things God has done for her […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Fri, 12/20

Scripture: Luke 1:46-55 I am writing this reflection on Veteran’s Day. It is an appropriate time to reflect on seeking peace as we celebrate those persons who have given their service for the defense of our country. There are numerous conflicts going on in our world today, both armed and political, many created by barriers […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Thurs, 12/19

Scripture: Luke 1:46-55 The scripture, whether it is Mary’s Song of Praise or Elizabeth’s, is beautiful and uplifting. Personally, I gave birth to my children in a foreign country with doctors who did not speak English, which was rather hard. How difficult it must have been for the mother of Jesus, far away from home […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Wed, 12/18

Scripture: Luke 1:46-55 Luke 1:46-55 is also known as Mary’s Song. In the Christmas story, Mary’s Song comes shortly after Mary had learned that she would be giving birth to Jesus, and that her cousin Elizabeth would be giving birth to John the Baptist. After leaving the angel Gabriel, Mary visits her cousin to share […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Tues, 12/17

Scripture: Luke 1:46-55 I interpret Luke 1:46-55 the following way: my actions on earth should reflect on and expand the goodness of God. God receives an equal amount of happiness from all his children – no matter how unimportant we might feel – and as such we are all equally blessed. Knowing him and loving […]

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