12-18 Advent Devotional

How Can This Be?

Jo Mead

Luke 1:26-29

“How can this be?” she asked. This may be a question you are asking this season of waiting and wondering. How can I set one less plate at the holiday table? How can it be that the years are adding up on my driver’s license?  How can it be that I have pushed away the ones I need the most? How can I hope that something might work out? How can this be?

Even in the dark days of winter we stand in the hope of Light coming into the world. An angel appears with a message beyond any of our wildest dreams. How can this be?   One of the mysteries of faith is hearing the voice calling you to your purpose in life. It may come from a friend, a stranger or simply the awareness of knowing.  You may argue or discount the call but it continues to seek you.

How can this be that God is breaking into our lives? These lives that are complicated with depression, heartache, grief and disrespect. These lives that are broken and need healing. How can this be? Because God’s love will continue to break into our lives, sent by unexpected messengers, calling us forward to living into the kingdom here and now with hope, love, joy and peace. This can be.

Reverend Jo Mead is a native Kansan. She serves University United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas.

©2016 by individual authors and Facebook Narrative Lectionary Group.  This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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