When we open our hearts to the power of the Holy Spirit, when we consent to God’s action within us, and when we become a conduit of divine love to all those we meet, Jesus is born again in and through us for the healing of the world.
Find a space today where you can spend five minutes with God. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed, place your open hands on your lap, and quiet your mind. Make Mary’s words, “Let it be with me according to your word,” your own prayer, and offer them to God along with the longings of your own heart.
—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Advent: Words of Wonder (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come over you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” …
Then Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.”
—Luke 1:35, 38 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Holy One, guide me as I reflect on the wonder of Jesus’ birth this Advent. May Jesus be born anew in my life. Help me to show his love and grace to others. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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