12-21 Advent Devotional


Lynn Bohlmann

Luke 1:46-56

 As we get another day closer to the day we celebrate Jesus’ birth, we are reminded again that we wait for God to come to us.  We wait in hope for we know that the presence of God-with-us transforms us, transforms our world.

In a world with so many hurt people, in a world that is broken, in a world that seems to elevate the powerful and proud, we sing our song of hope with Mary. We wait and we remember that the birth of Jesus is transformative in ways that we only begin to imagine.  We wait in hope.

Echoing the song of Mary as she praises God not only for being with the poor, the low, the broken but also in bringing them up, Dietrich Bonhoeffer considers the amazing hope of the birth of Christ.

“God is not ashamed of the lowliness of human beings. God marches right in. He chooses people as his instruments and performs his wonders where one would least expect them. God is near to lowliness; he loves the lost, the neglected, the unseemly, the excluded, the weak and broken.” (God in the Manger)

Much of the world is in shock at the results of the US election, wondering just what the promises of hate will amount to and wondering how, if and when God will enter the scene.

As we wait for God, in this birth story and beyond, we trust that Christ is always being born in whatever dark circumstances grip our world. We wait in hope.

Rev. Lynn Bohlmann is the Pastor of Congregational United Church of Christ in Jacksonville, IL., USA. 

©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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