Monthly Archives: December 2016

Mary’s Song ~ Magnificat

My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.

May we join with Mary in her words of praising God. As His son prepares to enter our darken world. 0608151234

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Third Week of Advent

A little late checking in, but I have been thinking all week…

How am I doing with Advent?

How am I growing in getting ready for the Christ? My Jesus to come.

I’ve heard of three ways to examine how I am doing.

  • Have I admitted to what I am … a sinner?
  • Have I asked God to come close, I need His help.
  • Have I taken up the challenge to become closer to God?
  • Do people know I am a follower of Jesus Christ by being a person of HOPE?

When I think of the answers to these questions, I have a long way to go but I am a person of Hope and only with God’s help, love, mercy and grace can I do it and continue on the journey that will one day bring me before the throne. I will have so many questions I want to ask God when I arrive, but I am pretty sure I will be a blubbering mess. God, please have mercy on me.

One last thought, the third candle in the Advent wreath is pink, a mixing of purple and white, half way through Advent. The purple to represent the solemnness of the preparations and white the symbol of Christmas joy. Pink to give us hope and continue on our journey to witness His coming. xo

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Mary ~ The First Disciple

Mary ~ The First Disciple

Jesus’ first miracle was prompted by Mary, His mother, at the Wedding Feast at Cana. The wedding party ran out of wine and the party was far from over. In Jewish tradition, if a family ran out of food or wine at a party they’d be embarrassed and talked about for years to come. They would be shunned and avoided by their village, peers and family. No one would ever want to come to one of their parties ever again. Then Jesus came along.

John 2 v. 1-12

When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

Mary was perhaps asking Jesus for more than wine. She may have been asking Him to show himself, to start his ministry. Mary was not only Jesus’ first disciple but His best disciple, from the very beginning to the Cross, Mary walked with Jesus.

She said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”

Jesus says, “Fill the jars with water.”

They did exactly as He said. “They filled them to the brim.”

He said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.”

So they took it.

The stone jars, holding 18-27 gallons of water, were not clay because they were used for Jewish ritual cleansing, hand washing and babies immersed in the jars of water to be cleaned yet the servants believed and followed directions filled these jars with water and saw it turn to wine. Six jars filled to the brim shows we can’t to begin to imagine God’s bounty.

When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew).

Mary led the servants and disciples to believe.

Mary interceded for the family, the bride and groom and still today intercedes for you and me. We can follow Mary’s example and grow closer to Jesus.

 

Prayer for Week Two

Lord, Help me to become a better disciple of yours.

I need to trust ~ believe and follow your directions.

To do what You say.

Mary, you set an example for believers today.

Thank you for interceding for me.

Help me to walk with Jesus.

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First Week of Advent 2016

First Week of Advent

I am attending a bible study during Advent this year. We are studying the Gospel of John, most likely written in the 90s of the first century. By this time, John may have thought, Matthew, Mark and Luke each have written a book about Jesus so why repeat stories besides I have a lot to tell of my own. In doing so, John’s gospel is very different. We are told his book is very literary and symbolic. John wants to show us, the reader how Jesus God is madly in love with each of us.

John’s Gospel has four parts:

  1. Prologue
  2. The Book of Signs
  3. The Book of Glory
  4. Epilogue: The Resurrection Appearance in Galilee

We read the Prologue and I have heard it even read it before but last night it sounded like music to me:

 The beginning– was the Word,

And the Word was with God,

and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God.

All things came to be through him,

and without him nothing came to be.

What came to be through him was life,

and this life was the light of the human race,

the light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness has not overcome it.

I repeated it over and over:

Jesus is with God,

came from God and

is God.

Jesus was before time.

Jesus is the Light of the Mankind.

We could have stopped right there because I needed time to absorb how much God loves me. Jesus is not just nice guy, not just a rabbi, not just a miracle worker, not just a prophet; Jesus Christ is so much more. Jesus Christ is the One True God. God who took on flesh like us and became one of us out of pure love.

Thought for Week One:

Thank you Jesus for taking on human flesh.

Help me accept your invitation to open the door to my heart and let You in.

Let my words be; “Welcome come in and live in me.

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