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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, December 17, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
[If sorrow weighs you down, dims your hope, wait patiently for Him.]
God’s favor does not automatically bring instant success or fame. His blessing on Mary, the honor of being the mother of the Messiah, would lead to much pain: her peers would ridicule her; her fiancé would come close to leaving her, her son would be rejected and murdered. But through her son would come the world’s only hope and this is why Mary has been praised by countless generations. Her submission was part of God’s plan to bring about our salvation. If sorrow weighs you down and dims your hope, think of Mary and wait patiently for God to finish working out his plan. (NLT)
Luke 1:26-38 – In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”
Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be frightened, Mary,” the angel told her, “for God has decided to bless you! You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
Mary asked the angel, “But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin.”
The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she’s already in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”
Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants. May everything you have said come true.” And then the angel left.
Quoted verse: The angel went to [Mary] and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. – Luke 1:28-29 (NIV)
“Story” – Cherri Baer (Kansas, USA) titled her story “GOD’S SURPRISES;” here is a portion of Cherri’s story:
“A week before Christmas we arrived at the Nashville airport to head home. During the previous 11 days, my husband and I had spent many long hours helping with disaster response after tornadoes had torn through the area. We were exhausted and left with little time to prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth.
“As we entered the airport, we came upon a children’s choir singing familiar Christmas carols. I was moved to tears. In an unlikely place, God surprised us with those lovely voices. My preparation for Christmas had begun.
“God is full of surprises in the Christmas story. . . .
“We too can be surprised by God. If we look we may see God in the expectant eyes of a child or the desperate look in the face of someone who is homeless or hungry. We can bring God’s presence into the emptiness where relationships are broken or into the loneliness of families grieving the death of a loved one. During Advent, we can look beyond our busyness to see God in unexpected places.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will look for God in unlikely places.
Prayer: Dear God, give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and minds to recognize your presence in the midst of our hectic lives. Amen.
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