FPC Daily Advent Devotional // Monday, December 24

P A U S E

"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever."

Luke 1:46b-5

P O N D E R

Perpetually preparing and waiting for life’s big moments, the grand gestures, the culminating events, we sometimes miss the meaning in small encounters and quiet nudges. We can overlook the little leaps of awareness through which deeper blessing comes. In the intimacy of this one ordinary moment with her cousin Elizabeth, seen truly, loved totally in her current condition, Mary comes to greater understanding. She breaks forth into a song of thanksgiving and wonder at the new order God is birthing. Through her own small yes, the old order begins to crack and topple and turn. Because of her faithfulness, God’s promises will be delivered. And not she alone, but we, too, are blessed when we say yes to the small moments, just being ourselves, lowly servants, channels of mercy, bearers of God’s dream.

-Kayla McClurg

During this Advent Season, when was God quietly nudging you or present in the small moments ?
  P R A Y

Holy Spirit, Holy Word, may your love leap within us and your stories seal themselves to our hearts. May the joy we find in you leap within us this day. Give us the imagination to sing your praises in all that we do and in all that we are, for you have done great things for us. As we prepare to welcome Jesus Christ, may our souls magnify you and our spirits rejoice in you. Amen.
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