Monthly archive for ‘ December, 2015 ’

Part 4–Zachariah

23rd December 2015 | 0 Comments

“Don’t be afraid; God has heard your prayers…” These are the first words the angel said to Zachariah as he stood frozen with fear before the altar of Almighty God. Then the angel went on to announce the miraculous–a child would be born to Zachariah and Elizabeth in their old age. But not just any […]

Part 3–Joseph

18th December 2015 | 0 Comments

Joseph was thrust into a predicament of catastrophic magnitude by the coming of the Messiah.  I can hardly imagine the devastation he must have felt in discovering Mary was pregnant. Did she tell him? Did it reach him through the rumor mill of Nazareth? Did Elizabeth possibly intercede for Mary and communicate with Joseph the […]

Part 2–Elizabeth

15th December 2015 | 0 Comments

Opposing Miracles Elizabeth was old, too old to have a baby. Mary was young, too young to have a baby. Elizabeth had waited through years of praying, begging, hoping, grasping for that precious gift of a child. Mary was barely engaged to be wed, only emerging into adulthood, just beginning to imagine the “one day” […]

Face to Face with the Characters of Advent (part 1)

11th December 2015 | 0 Comments

MARY “A sword will pierce your heart” I have often pondered Mary’s response to Simeon’s prophecy in the temple upon Jesus’ dedication (see Luke 2:25-35). Simeon gave glowing confirmation that Jesus was God’s Messiah sent as the Savior of the world. What joy and delight this must have brought to her mother’s heart! She already […]