advent reflection ~ day 16

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth. ~ Luke 1:57


Not one of my children arrived on their “due date.” On the contrary, I began to feel labor pains a week before or a few days after the dates that the doctor had calculated.   Our babies were born when they were ready to be born. Their first cries were heard at a time appointed by God.

Sometimes we want God to give us an exact date when he will act, a due date. But God’s plan always unfolds at just the right time, as Saint Elizabeth knew well.

Are you waiting for God to answer a prayer?

Be comforted. His answer will come at an appointed time.

Though it’s hard to patient, put your trust in God.

His timing is perfect.

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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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