advent reflection ~ day 18

And she called out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Luke 1:42


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There’s an apartment building that overlooks a busy intersection near my home. Sometimes, when I’m waiting in my car at the stoplight, I’ll turn my glance toward a third floor window. Most of the time, I’ll see an older woman looking down at the cars and people that pass by.

“Bless her heart,” I pray.

There’s a part of me that feels sorry for her. I wonder if she’s lonely.

But then again, maybe she’s looking down on the world as God does. Perhaps she is blessing everyone she sees.

Advent is a time to remember how powerful blessings can be.

Do you remember what Elizabeth said to Mary at the Visitation?

Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” (Luke 1:42)

I think this is one of the most beautiful passages in scripture!

Today, consider blessing someone you don’t know.

Trust that the Lord, in his own way, will honor your prayer.

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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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