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To: Salvation

The darkest day of the year is here, Dec. 21st, the time of the winter solstice, but the light of hope shines brighter than ever as we light the fourth Advent candle.


41 posted on 12/20/2008 10:34:55 PM PST by Ciexyz
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December 22

And Mary said, "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord: my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. For He has looked upon His handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed." (Luke 1:46)

Reflection

Mary says that she is lowly, and also that all will call her blessed. How can both of these things be true? Mary’s lowliness was transformed by her faith in God’s promise as given to her by the angel. Through this faith she became the most exalted of God’s servants. Do we let God work with and transform our lives? Or, do we use our own "lowliness" as an excuse for inaction? Christmas is a beautiful time for re-inviting God into our lives and letting His power transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Advent Action

Make a "mini-retreat" to prepare for Christmas. Read the first and second chapters of Luke’s Gospel and spend some time reflecting on the story of Jesus’ birth and early life.

Prayer

O come, Desire of nations, bind In one the hearts of humankind; O bid our sad divisions cease  And be for us our King of Peace.

 


42 posted on 12/21/2008 8:31:50 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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