2016 Advent Devotional

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Day

6

Prepare for the Impossible
Friday, 12/2/2016

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Daily Scripture
Daily Scripture

He has remembered his covenant forever, of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations.

Psalm 105:8

Reflection
Reflection

The annunciation of the birth of John the Baptist is the opening scene in the Gospel of Luke. The story of Zechariah and Elizabeth, an aging couple waiting and hoping for the birth of a child, is meant to parallel the plight of Israel. For centuries, Israel had been waiting and holding on to the promise and prophetic anticipation of a savior. In both cases the waiting was so prolonged that hope was beginning to seem futile.

The name Zechariah means “God has remembered,” and the name Elizabeth means something close to “my God’s oath.” Though they were a devout couple, they were barren. They thought God had forgotten them, but behold God had not forgotten. The story of the birth of John the Baptist alerted Israel that God had not forgotten God’s oath. God had remembered them, and God remembers us.

Prayer
Prayer

God of all hope, thank you that you do not forget your promises. Thank you that you remember me. Thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ which proves that you have not forgotten your people. Help me to continue to trust in your promises for they do not fail.

Amen.


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Questions
Questions

  1. How has God remembered you?
  2. How can you trust that God will not forget you?

Family Corner

Daily Scripture
Read

“You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.”

Luke 1:31

Reflection
Do

Do some research online to discover what each family member’s name means.

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