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Advent Devotional – Saturday, December 17, 2016 – Plenty of Blessings to Go Around

hope-is-born-advent-devotional-2Mary Visits Elizabeth

 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah‘s home and greeted Elizabeth.

41When Elizabeth heard Mary‘s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!

43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Mary’s Song

46 And Mary said: ―My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.  From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has   done great things for me—holy is his name. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. – Luke 1:39-50 

The angel Gabriel had foretold the births of Jesus the Messiah and John the Baptist, and then we see God orchestrate this family meeting to confirm, between these two excited mothers, that God does indeed follow through on His promises!  It is amazing how God brings people together so that together they may see God in action.

God brings us all together in the same way – so that we may see all He has in store for us.  We are filled to overflowing with the same blessings Mary had.  Mary sang a song about her notice God‘s work in her life.  In the busy hustle and bustle of life, it is easy for me to forget that those blessings are still present today.  Do I sing about them as Mary did?  Or do I get caught up in the busy season?  Can others see through my actions and words that the Lord has blessed me, or do I keep these tucked away?

I want to praise God with all my soul and live my life in such a way that those around me know that I have been blessed beyond measure – and most importantly – that they can also share in His blessings!




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