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Meditation: Dec. 16 Luke 1:39-46 (John Ayers)

It is interesting to note that Luke possesses a very high regard for women (and in the case of Elizabeth and Mary, gives them prominence) at a time in which it is highly probable that their male counterparts treated them as second-class citizens. As a result, women in the household were relegated to basic family roles such as cooking, cleaning and bearing children. Read more

Meditation: Dec.15 Luke 1: 26-38 (Marymae Henley)

The angel Gabriel came to Mary and told her she was to bear God’s son, Jesus “For nothing will be impossible with God.” Read more

Meditation: Dec. 14 Luke 1: 20-25 (Bob Freud)

But now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will become mute, unable to speak, until the day these things occur.”21 Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah, and wondered at his delay in the sanctuary. 22 When he did come out, he could not speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He kept motioning to them and remained unable to speak. Read more

Meditation: Dec. 13 Luke 1:5 - 20 (Sylvester Ekunwe)

"Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard." Read more

Meditation: Dec. 12 Isaiah 60: 1-5 (Aleeda Crawley)

Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold the darkness shall cover the earth And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. Read more
Glen Hoffs

Meditation: Dec. 11 Isaiah 65:17-25 (Glen Hoffs)

Isaiah's vision describes a future time and place of peace, prosperity, safety, long life, and closer conversation with God. Isaiah's contemporaries were in Advent waiting for this future kingdom to be revealed. But we see in hindsight that Isaiah's prophecy has already been fulfilled in Jesus the Christ. He is the embodiment of the God's complete joy and gladness and the IS the New Jerusalem, the kingdom of God which Isaiah foresees.  Read more
Susan Chrystal

Meditation: Dec. 10 Zephaniah 3:14-18 (Susan Chrystal)

Zephaniah 3:14-18: A Song of Joy 4 Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! Read more

Meditation: Dec. 9 Isaiah 11:6 (Dan Austin)

“The wolf shall live with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.” -- Isaiah 11:6 Read more
Lisa Basile

Meditation: Dec.8 Micah 5:2-4 (Lisa Basile)

Though you are small…out of you will come… strength. Read more
Francina deShong

Meditation: Dec. 7 Isaiah 7:10-15 (Francina deShong)

In this reading from Isaiah, the Lord speaks to Ahaz, a king of Judah. Ahaz is troubled, he has not followed the Lord’s law and his kingdom is in peril. The Lord sees and knows Ahaz’s troubles and wants Ahaz to return to him, yet Ahaz resists. He uses an excuse of “not putting the Lord to the test”. Just as a child who is in trouble attempts to conceal their poor choices.  Adults are often in crises and are reluctant to ask for help, be it from others or God. Read more