Mary experienced what no one else will. An angel came to her, and perhaps that isn’t as unusual for people in the Old and New Testament recollections. But, no one else would carry God’s Son.
How did Mary react?
She felt troubled and wondered (Luke 1:29). Wouldn’t I? Would you?
But, her heart was prepared by God for this calling and she was reminded:
“For no word from God will ever fail.” – Luke 1:37
“’I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’” – Luke 1:38
Mary didn’t know her son would endure ridicule and be hung on a cross. Her cousin, Elizabeth, didn’t know that her son, John, would give his life because he paved the way for the Christ.
And, I, while I don’t have the Christ child, I have been given the gift of my son and my future children, God willing. I don’t know what will happen to my children. But, I do know that all this is even possible because love came down.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14
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We have been blessed to have the chance to review another product from (in)courage and DaySpring. This month, we read over and discussed the Advent Tabletop Devotion (on sale for half price right now!). A letter-sized flip-book devotion calendar, each page declares one of the promises of Christ (“The Promise of Light,” “The Promise to Be Filled,” “The Promise of Wisdom,” “The Promise of New Life”), a related verse, and one to three questions inspiring advent conversation.
While the questions are too advanced for my toddler, my husband and I enjoyed discussion while our toddler listened (and contributed in his own babble). These questions apply these grace-filled promises to our daily lives and would be appropriate for early elementary (maybe preschool) through adult. We look forward to using this devotion even more as dinnertime discussion during future seasons of advent!
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Disclosure: I received this product free from DaySpring for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.