Advent Week 4, Day 1

Last week we looked briefly at the spiritual discipline of discernment: being aware of God and his guidance as we choose what truly matters. Today as we consider Mary the mother of Jesus, we see another spiritual discipline: surrender. This is accepting God’s plan and moving into his will—which often involves letting a few things … Continue reading Advent Week 4, Day 1

Advent Week 2, Day 4

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6) These are familiar words. Let’s define them. (See end of post for sources) Wonderful: admirable, distinguished. Every time this word is used in scripture, … Continue reading Advent Week 2, Day 4

Advent Week 2, Day 3

Read the scriptures and look for a verse to treasure today. (All the scriptures are right here.) Luke 1:68-79 (Today’s psalm is a poetic prayer that John the Baptist’s father spoke after John’s birth.) Malachi 3:1-4 Philippians 1:4-11 Luke 3:1-6 Notes Luke 1: This prayer by Zachariah is known as the “Benedictus.” (A Benediction is … Continue reading Advent Week 2, Day 3

Advent Week 1, Day 4

Our characters this week are Abraham and Sarah. Let’s look at what they knew about God. Later Yahweh spoke his word to Abram in a vision. He said, “Abram, don’t be afraid. I am your shield. Your reward will be very great.” Abram asked, “Adonay Yahweh, what will you give me? (Genesis 15:1-2) Adonay (sometimes spelled Adonai) … Continue reading Advent Week 1, Day 4