Advent 23, 2018: Firstborn, a Son

“It’s just you and me,” Joseph reassured Mary.  He loved her so much.  “And Adonai” Mary reassured him as a sweet smile spread across her face, blooming with the aura of anticipated motherhood.  She had loved Joseph before, but now she loved him all the more for the risks he was taking to his reputation […]

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Advent 22, 2018: Joseph’s Dream

Telling Joseph went better than telling her parents who already had her things on the doorstep to greet her upon her return.  A spoiled-purity daughter was of no use to them and definitely no longer welcome to set foot in their home for the sake of their own honor.  They wouldn’t speak to her or […]

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Advent 21, 2018: Zechariah’s Praise

Luke 1:56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. By now she was beginning to show in her pregnancy and she would have some explaining to do.  First to Joseph, but also to her parents.  “Not looking forward to that,” she thought.  “Words, Adonai.  What words do I use with […]

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Advent 20, 2018: Mary’s Song

Mary was overcome with joy—a three-fold joy!  First, joy at the affirmation of what she knew about herself with a role in the birth of Messiah, joy at seeing the truth of what she’d been told about Elizabeth, and of course, the simple joy at seeing relatives she loved.  She couldn’t contain it any longer […]

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Advent 19, 2018: She Who Has Believed

With that awkwardness out of the way and moving beyond parental permission, Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, a walk of 90 miles. She didn’t mind the time being alone with her thoughts.  Five days of travel to ponder, Who could she tell?  Who should she tell?  […]

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Advent 18, 2018: A Plan to See Elizabeth

Mary’s mind was all awhirl as she made her way home from this totally bizarre encounter.  She believed it was real, but it was too strange for comfort.  She wanted to be alone.  No!  That’d be the worst thing.  She’d talk herself out of it, she reasoned.  What she really needed was to be in […]

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Advent 17, 2018: May It Be

Mary listened attentively and at long last, Mary pieced together what the angel Gabriel was saying to her.  She blushed deeply and asked the obvious:  “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”  The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High […]

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Advent 16, 2018: Angelic Greetings

“Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”    Mary was still looking at Gabriel when her heart became greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God”. What is […]

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Advent 15, 2018: The Virgin’s Name was Mary

Meanwhile the work of Gabriel was not finished.  After telling Zechariah of his good news about a son named John, to which all the angels naturally marveled and desired to know more deeply, six months went by and Gabriel was sent again.   There was a joyous stirring in the host of angels.  Would this […]

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Advent 14, 2018: Disgraced No More

Finally, Zechariah gathered his composure.  His knees which failed him…his strength which was rendered weak and useless–those in time were restored.  His voice, however, was not.  Luke 1:21 “Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to […]

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