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Advent Devotional 12/19/16

December 19, 2016, Zach Gutierrez
Scripture: Luke 1:45-55 – Mary’s Song
Rejoice and Glorify the Lord.
My girlfriend just texted me “A speeding car just ran through a red light and almost killed me but I’m okay.” I gently collapsed onto my carpet and gave glorifying praise to the Lord through tears—thanking Him for protecting my sweet girlfriend. I continue to find great strength and joy in this form of collapse-like worship. While recovering from chronic fatigue, my worship would frequently take this form. After a long day, I would come home and collapse on my couch and praise the Lord for the strength He gave me to do the day’s activities. I am always so grateful and humble in these moments. These moments create space in me for great joy. In these moments I feel most connected to heaven and to pure joy. I believe Mary experienced a form of this praise as she must have laid down on her cousin Elisabeth’s lap, and perhaps she whispered this song of joy and adoration for the chance to conceive the Christ child.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the strength you give us in our weaknesses. Help us to always be humble enough to realize how desperately and deeply we need you. Help us to be honest and real enough to humbly collapse in praise and glorify your name for the many miracles and near misses you provide us with every single day. Forgive us for when we overlook your many blessings. Help us to have wider spiritual eyes to see your many miracles and your bounteous protection upon us and this nation. Help us to let go of our pride and create space for joy so that we can more fully rejoice. Help us remember that joy can be soft and mysterious and does not always have to be in bright or loud things. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


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