Second Tuesday of Advent – Beloved
“With all my heart, I glorify the Lord!”
• dearly loved
• dear to the heart
Today, we continue to read about Mary, we know that she was “favored” by God in Luke 1:28, “And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” (NRSV)
Another reference is in Luke 1:46-48, “And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;” (NRSV)
It is evident through the scriptures and in the place of honor that Mary holds today in churches as the mother of Jesus, she is not merely “favored” but she is also “beloved.”
We all carry-on the responsibilities of continuing the work of Jesus in the world, our unique places within the world. We are commissioned to share the love of God and extend salvation to all who would hear and embrace the call of Christ. We are all “beloved” of God! We are not carbon copies of one another, we are unique one of kind individuals, each created with intent, purpose and plan! I’m reminded of a great verse, Galatians 3:28, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (NRSV). We are called by God and through His grace and guidance to transform this world into a place where all can live in comfort, freedom, safety and respect. I believe in the new Heaven and the new earth but that does not negate my responsibilities of protecting and preserving the earth I now live in and want others to enjoy until God’s return with all things new. This may seem like an impossible or at the very least an overwhelming task to complete, and I would agree if only a few try and accomplish it. All it takes is, each person doing their part and taking responsibility for there own actions and the impact will be immeasurable! We can do this together! Hey
You are loved! -God
You are beloved! -God
Prayer: May I be a builder of your kingdom, oh God!
~Peace and Blessings~
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