Second Week of Advent 2017

“At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:
Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him. . . 

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!”

(Luke 2:13-14,19-20, The Message)

God of Peace and Love,

Thank you for Mary
who shows me how to Live in Hope. 
Her heart rejoiced in the knowledge
that you are real and that you are Love, 
even though the world around
her was in turmoil. 

She had a vision for a world:
the weak and poor
were uplifted − 
the powerful were deflated.

Mary’s vision grew
into the ministry of her son.
Thank you for showing me
that the seeds of my vision
will grow into reality someday
and that I can wait in hope, 
rejoicing in You and with You.

With love and trust, I say,
Amen. 

Lara Stoudt