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Being known.

Being valued.

Belonging.

These are gifts of God’s Love.

We receive them in Christ.

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Listen

Then Mary said to the angel, “How will this happen since I haven’t had sexual relations with a man?”

The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come over you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the one who is to be born will be holy. He will be called God’s Son. Look, even in her old age, your relative Elizabeth has conceived a son. This woman who was labeled ‘unable to conceive’ is now six months pregnant. Nothing is impossible for God.”

Then Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

Luke 1:34-38

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Think

Have you felt like nothing good comes from you? Sometimes we feel like we are unable to bring forth any goals or follow through with plans. Perhaps you have never experienced that your life has a meaning or purpose. This may be how Elizabeth felt as a childless woman in her old age, in a patriarchal society that measured a woman’s worth by her ability to bear children.

Today’s scripture brings us guidance on what we can expect when the work of the Holy Spirit starts in our lives. Instead of feeling “unable to conceive” anything, God is sending support through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will come and empower us, allowing us to live with purpose and able to conceive any goal.

What are you disappointed by? Do you want to experience the ability to achieve? Whatever it might be, know that nothing is impossible through God.

Israel Loachamin

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Pray

Lord, thank you for knowing the value of what I can do. May I give you my self-doubt and “unable to conceive” feelings, and may I know and feel the power of the Holy Spirit in my life. Amen.

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Go

Where shepherds lately knelt, and kept the angel’s word,
I come in half belief, a pilgrim strangely stirred;
But there is room and welcome there for me,
but there is room and welcome there for me.

Can I, will I forget how Love was born and burned
its way into my heart unasked, unforced, unearned,
to die, to live, and not alone for me,
to die, to live, and not alone for me?

from “Where Shepherds Lately Knelt” by Jaroslav J. Vajda (1986)

Israel Loachamin

Israel Loachamin is the ordained pastor of the Spanish Service at First Baptist Church Waco and the director of La Puerta Waco. He was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, and came to faith in Christ at the age of twelve. He has been calling Texas his second home since 2005 and is a husband to Emily and father to a year-old boy, Lucas. He has also served as a youth pastor, music director, missions minister, and teaching assistant. He finished his undergraduate studies at Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio, TX, in 2010, and graduated with his Master of Divinity in 2019. Israel is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, TX.

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