My advent meditation is inspired by my recent study of 2 Corinthians which ended with a beautiful benediction—the only one that mentions all three persons of the Trinity. Last week, we looked at grace. Today, we focus on love.
Advent 2022 begins today, November 27. Advent, which means “arrival,” reminds us to remember Christ’s first coming and anticipate his second. My advent mediation this year will be inspired by my recent study of 2 Corinthians which ended with a beautiful benediction—the only one that mentions all three persons of the Trinity. First, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This Advent season, I focused on the descriptors of Jesus found in Matthew’s account of the Christmas events.
Today we head into the final week of waiting for our annual celebration of the birth of Mary’s son, Jesus. We expectantly anticipate the coming—the Advent—of the Son of the Most High as she did. During each week of Advent, I focused on finding the traditional Advent themes in Mary's story.
"How will I know this for certain?" Zechariah asked and God called his question unbelief. Mary asked "How will this be?" and God said she believed. So why was Zechariah’s question not acceptable and Mary’s was?
Since publishing Favored, Blessed, Pierced: A Fresh Look at Mary of Nazareth, I have discovered or written other pieces that shed more light on this amazing woman and her story. Here they are for your reference.
This excerpt of "Quattro Marias" a poem by my sister-in-law, Karen Dubert describes Mary of Nazareth at Jesus's death and birth.
My devotional asks me, "What can I do to relieve the fears of others?" I am stopped short. I have been exacerbating fears, not relieving them.