FPC Daily Advent Devotional // Monday, December 18
P A U S E

 Luke 1:47-48a:
"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant."
   
P O N D E R

Can you imagine the uncertainty Mary was feeling? "Mary's trust [that God is with her] is really all she has... If there are any big changes going on with you right now - if something is under way you cannot predict the end of, and your stomach is rolling...then you might try following Mary's lead. Who knows? Maybe the Holy Spirit has come upon you. Maybe that shadow hanging over you is the power of the Most High." (Taylor, Barbara Brown. "Singing Ahead of Time." Home by Another Way: Biblical Meditations through the Christian Year , Cowley Publications, 1999, p. 18.)
 
P R A Y

Comforting God, "When we have so diligently welcomed one another that we have neglected to provide hospitatlity to our own selves, teach us to be mindful of the pilgrim within our own souls who longs for a welcoming fire and for shelter in the dark." (Richardson, Jan L. N ight Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas . Wanton Gospeller, 2010, p. 103.)
 
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