December Meditations - Week 2: The Spirit
Posted on December 11, 2017

Read Luke 1: 30-35

When she responded to the angel’s words with fear and doubt, asking, “How can this be?,” the angel replied: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God... The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.”

Fear and anxiety are givens in this life. No one escapes from that. But amid the stresses and pressures we face day-by-day, the same assurance Mary received from the angel is also our own. “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” That passage assures us that peace and power are the products of Divine Presence. Because God’s Spirit is with us, we can navigate life’s deep waters. How do we sense God’s Presence? How can we access it when we don’t always feel it? And what power do we feel when we simply say, “I am not alone”? Those are Advent questions worth pondering prayerfully.

December Meditations - Week 1: Troubled
Posted on December 4, 2017

Read Luke 1: 26-29

“But she was greatly troubled at the angel’s words....” So begins the story of young Mary, a teenaged girl not yet married, who had been chosen to become the mother of the Messiah. She didn’t expect that. Who would? No one assumes an angel will randomly show up, announcing that you will become the parent of the Savior of the world. “She was greatly troubled at the saying.” How could she have been otherwise?

And aren’t we still sometimes “troubled” by the awareness that, ready or not, Jesus is coming... to us? Just think of the implications: What will He see in our lives? What will He expect from our lives? And, how might He turn our lives upside down? Those are Advent questions to consider prayerfully, for the answers we come up with may change not only the essence of our December but, indeed, the essence of our lives.