advent reflection ~ day 17

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~Isaiah 9:6


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During this busy season, peace is sometimes elusive.

There are so many distractions; presents to wrap, cookies to bake, and homes to decorate. Our to-do lists are long and sometimes our tempers are short.

But today, try imagining The Prince of Peace galloping to you on a white stallion. Let yourself be whisked away to the quietness of his heart. Talk with him. Tell him your hopes, dreams, and fears.

As you rest in his presence, remember that you are royalty.

Beloved of a prince.

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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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