Advent Reflection – Day 4

Trust in the Lord forever! For the Lord is an eternal rock. ~Isaiah 26:4

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There’s a statue of the Blessed Mother in my mom’s garden. It’s crafted from white stone and has weathered decades of storms and scorching heat. The lawn decoration is “rock solid,” just as Mary’s faith was. Though one day Mary would stand in a windstorm of grief, before the cross of Jesus, her trust was unwavering.

Perhaps you are standing before your own cross. Don’t budge. Stand firmly as Mary did. The The Lord, your rock, is with you.

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Nancy Jo Sullivan

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Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.

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