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Advent Daily Devotional: December 7

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December 7 by Kayte Spillman

Reading: Luke 1:34-35

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God."

Not only was Mary a virgin, but she was also a first-time mom and a teenager to boot. I can’t imagine how overwhelmed, uncertain and just plain scared she must have been in that moment.

I’ll never fully understand the struggles Mary must have felt, but I do understand facing uncertain and unexpected times. This year has been one of the most uncertain ones on record – for everyone. Every decision is muddled with indecision, and even the smallest choice is not clear and easy like it was just this time last year. Currently, our lives are not what we planned, and our world can seem a little out of our control.

But, as Christians, and just like Mary, our lives aren’t really ours to control anyway.

What was true for Mary then is foundationally, dramatically true for us now. God’s plan was unfolding then; His plan is unfolding still now. His people still carry out His missions: We are literally to be His hands and feet. Mary did not need to do anything but accept her role and be the best mother to Jesus she could be. She had to walk in faith knowing the same God that entrusted her with His son would deliver to her the necessities to fulfill her role with Him.

Our role is just the same in these uncertain times. Keep walking in faith, pray for guidance and strength, and trust that He is still our Sovereign Lord. He will take care of everything else.

And, it’s Christmas. After this longest of years, it’s finally, at last and at least, Christmas. Nothing can change that, even 2020. May the presence of our Lord be close to you this year, and may the birth of Christ be as joyous and awe-inspiring to you as it was that very first year.

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