December 22

#Expect

We are pummeled daily by advertisements that, in not so hidden messages, tell us what we should “expect” out of life–more, better, bigger things.

What if, however, the messages we received prompted us to expect not what we might get, but what we might give? When, invited by God to become the most famous unmarried teenage expectant mother in history, Mary did not ask “What do I get out of this arrangement?” No, she said, “here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38) Mary did not think about what she could expect to receive. She simply gave her life, a living sacrifice, to the God who called her. What do you “expect” this Advent season?

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The Rev. Russell Levenson, D.Min., VTS ‘92, St. Martin’s, Houston, Texas

#Expect

We are pummeled daily by advertisements that, in not so hidden messages, tell us what we should “expect” out of life–more, better, bigger things.

What if, however, the messages we received prompted us to expect not what we might get, but what we might give? When, invited by God to become the most famous unmarried teenage expectant mother in history, Mary did not ask “What do I get out of this arrangement?” No, she said, “here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38) Mary did not think about what she could expect to receive. She simply gave her life, a living sacrifice, to the God who called her. What do you “expect” this Advent season?

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