advent reflection ~ day 13

The Glory of the Lord shall be revealed. ~Isaiah 40:5


“God’s Rays” by Kristina Lishawa Photography

I live a few miles from the grand Cathedral of Saint Paul. I often visit the majestic space, just to sit and pray. I love being surrounded by sacred artwork, statues of great saints, and votive candles that flicker brightly.

But I know God’s glory cannot be contained in this masterpiece of a church.

If we open our hearts, we can find God’s glory at our kitchen table or in a conversation we have with a stranger. When we encourage a co-worker, support a friend, or receive the care of a loved one, the glory of the Lord shines upon us. In laughter that doubles us over or in heartaches we think we will never survive, our glorious God resides.

During these days of Advent, search for the glory of God. You may find it in an unexpected place.

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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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