Daily Christmas Prayer - Sacred Advent

Friday, December 20, 2019

Today’s reflection is excerpted from 2020: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Amy Welborn.

Coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

—Luke 1:28–29


I am wary of using my imagination in my prayer and spiritual life, but whenever I read the infancy narratives from Luke, I can’t help but picture Mary sharing her memories of this time with those who would pass them down and eventually write them. How else would we know what happened? It’s a model for me as I look back at my own life: don’t sugarcoat, don’t pretend that there weren’t tensions or questions. Be honest about the journey. Bring it all into the light.

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