Sometimes life seems completely wrong. A situation we find ourselves in, the turn a job has taken, even relationships with people we thought we knew and loved go wrong. We may ask ourselves, Why is this happening? What did we do to deserve this?
Joseph must have wondered the same thing. He had been awaiting his marriage to Mary, and now he found himself betrayed by his fiancée. But Joseph was a man of grace and decided to quietly divorce Mary. We do not know how long Joseph wrestled with this decision or how long he searched for the best way to handle the situation. . . . Then God’s role in all this was revealed to Joseph through a heavenly messenger. How different the story might have been if Joseph had refused to hear the truth!
—Susan Engle, “When Things Go Wrong,” Light of Lights: Advent Devotions from The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide, compiled and edited by Robin Pippin (Upper Room Books, 2014)
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We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.
—Romans 8:28 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
O God, during this season give us eyes to see all around us signs of Christ’s love breaking into the world. Amen. —Prayer by Diane Luton Blum
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Christmastime is not always merry and bright. Whether grieving a recent loss or feeling the sting of an old wound, many people have moments of darkness and sorrow during this season. Join us in praying for those who are hurting or share your own prayer request at The Upper Room Prayer Wall.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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