advent reflection ~ Day 23

I trust in the Lord, my soul trusts in his word. ~Psalm 130:5


I have a friend who never locks her car when there are groceries in the backseat.  “If someone needs food, God wants them to have it,” she once told me.   Her example is an image of complete trust and surrender. Without any words, she is saying: “Everything I have belongs to God.”

At this time of year, we remember those who provide similar examples of surrender.   Mary said yes to an unplanned pregnancy. Joseph raised a child who wasn’t his own. Elizabeth and Zechariah became parents in their Golden years.

Is God calling you to surrender an area of your life?

As Christmas approaches, perhaps your gift to God can be your trust.

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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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