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December 20, 2017

Posted: December 20, 2017

A Devotion for Your Day

by Sandy Batz

Luke 1:26-38

Our due date was December 20 for our third child. Since we had been through this adventure twice before, we figured we had an idea of what was going to happen. When you are "expecting" something to take place, there are various feelings that accompany the waiting. Whether it is a life changing thing like the birth of a child or a new job offer, or something more ordinary like company for the holidays or getting a package in the mail, there's a certain amount of fear and doubt of the unknown in addition to the amazement that it really will happen. We experience these feelings whether it's the first time, or each time we are expecting something. It is how we respond to what we are waiting for that makes a difference.

When Mary was visited by the angel in Luke 1:28-33, telling her she was expecting a son and the importance of his birth; I imagine she too had these same feelings of fear and doubt. It is in her response to this news that we need to take notice of. With faith and trust she submits to her fate. She responds "I am the Lord's servant, may your word to me be fulfilled." (Luke 1:38)

In our own lives we should trust what lies before us and remember that the Lord is always there for us. When we were awaiting the birth of my children, I often read the book "What To Expect When You're Expecting." I look back now and think the book should have been retitled "What To Accept When You're Expecting." Accept that God is with us and always will be, when we let him. Placing our faith in him above all else will allow us to serve God as we are intended.

Lord, help me accept you when I am waiting and let me respond by serving you in all that I do. Amen.


Sandy Batz coordinates print production, the story wall, and spotlight tables.

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