Pause

God loves you.

Such a simple phrase and yet so hard to wrap our brains around some days. In these busy days of Advent leading up to Christmas, let’s pause as we think about this week of love. Today, may you be reminded of one of the ways God loves you.

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Listen

Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

Luke 1:34-38

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Think

Have you ever felt all alone? Like you were the only one going through something? And then somebody says “me, too.” When this happens to me, my heart relaxes just a little bit, and hope slips in. And when hope settles in, it turns out there’s room for more.

The angel gives Mary someone that can say “me, too” — a companion to share stories with, answer questions, sit with. And Elizabeth isn’t the only one saying “me, too.” Mary can offer those words as well. Today we remember that love is having and being a community.

Ruth Perkins Lee

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Pray

God, show me the people that can say “me, too” to me to remind me that I am not alone. Show me the people to whom I can say “me, too” so that they know they are not alone. Amen.

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Go

Go now knowing that you are loved by God. You always have been. You always will be.

Go and share that love with the whole world. Make sure everybody knows.

Ruth Perkins Lee

Ruth Perkins Lee is director of ministries of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Prior to this, Ruth was a youth and college minister for 10 years. She’s married to Scott, and they have 2 delightful daughters whom she loves and 2 dogs whom she tolerates, Osceola and Shadow Biscuit.

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