Living a life of faith is, in a sense, being pregnant, agreeing to be a vessel for the Spirit, a partner in the creation of new life. Our spiritual pregnancy might cause us to glow with well-being, but it will also cause us to suffer as we come to grips with the things our faith asks of us that are hard, messy, and even risky. And it can be uncomfortably public. It will not be fun all the time. And at times we will feel that we are doing all the heavy lifting and wish we could just take a day off.
—Melissa Tidwell, Embodied Light: Advent Reflections on the Incarnation (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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[Mary said][God] shows mercy to everyone,
from one generation to the next,
who honors him as God.
—Luke 1:50 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Light of the world, who made all things, speak me
afresh that I might not only hear your word and receive
your essence, but also embody the word you have spoken
in me. Amen.
Prayer by Melissa Tidwell
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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