advent reflection ~ day 14

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the Lord. Zechariah 2:14

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In the opening scene of the movie The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews begins dancing and singing on a scenic mountaintop. Underneath the blue sky, her arms are outstretched to heaven. It’s as if joy has raptured her heart and she cannot contain herself.

When do you experience this kind of happiness?

I feel this way every time my sister Annie comes for a visit. Though she lives six hours away, we are as close as sisters can be. When she pulls into my driveway, we run to each other with arms open wide. Though we are both grown women, we often tap-dance on my front porch.

This Advent, imagine the Lord standing on your front porch. Let yourself sing and rejoice in his presence.   He has come to dwell in your heart.

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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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