advent reflection ~ day 19

But she was greatly troubled by what was said. ~Luke 1:29


It’s easy to understand why the greeting of an angel would trouble Mary. She was just a teenage girl. We can only imagine what went through her mind when Gabriel began talking to her. Full of grace? Me? I’m barely a woman…

But she had been chosen to bear the Son of God. Though young Mary was troubled, God bestowed upon her a great gift: courage.

Perhaps these Advent days find you wondering about God’s plan for your life. Maybe God is nudging you to a new job, a new role, or a new commitment. Maybe you are asking, as Mary did: “How can this be?”

If you are troubled by the Lord’s call, be at peace. Like Mary, you will receive the courage you need.

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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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