Accept- Advent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario
Photo credit: Lawrence OP

The magnitude of what Joseph was asked to accept, the leap of faith he made, dwarves the day to day setbacks and irritations we grumble over. As we begin a period of excitement and heightened expectations, what can we accept that will bring us comfort and peace?

Dear Lord, caring God,
Comfort and sustain us in this time of anticipation and hope, and preserve us from disappointment or discontent. Ground us in your love, remind us that we are your children, and we are always enough.

Matthew 1:18-21

18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah[a] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

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