Advent Devotional: Day 17
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
by Jeff Vaughan
And Mary said, “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. 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.” And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
Advent. We wait.
We wait for peace. We wait for justice. We wait for mercy. We wait for inclusion. We wait for love. We wait for joy. We wait for blessing. We wait for meaning. We wait for nourishment. We wait for healing. We wait for redemption. We wait for our savior. We wait for the Lord. We wait for Jesus.
Advent. What do we do while we wait?
We work for peace. We seek to do justice. We strive to do mercy. We endeavor to include. We work to love. We embrace joy. We spread blessings. We seek meaning. We feed the hungry. We care for the sick and brokenhearted. We forgive as we seek forgiveness. We worship together. We seek the Lord. We do the work to which we are called and by which we can magnify the Lord.
Grace and peace to you and yours this Advent season.