Emmanuel Is A Greeting

November 30, 2014

Emmanuel - Seeking God With Us

Today's Scripture: Luke 1:26-31

Daily Scripture Readings & Reflections

  1. Sunday: Luke 1:26-27 (CEB) When Elizabeth was six months pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee, to a virgin who was engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David’s house. The virgin’s name was Mary.

    Reflection: The word angel “angelos” means “messenger”. People from Nazareth were considered ignorant and backward in Jesus’ day. Are there unlikely “messengers” in your life inviting new birth and transformation?

    Breath Prayer: (Inhale) – Wherever I am – (Exhale) – Emmanuel is with me!

  2. Monday: Luke 1:28 (CEB) When the angel came to her, he said, “Rejoice, favored one! The Lord is with you!”

    Reflection: When Gabriel greeted Mary he reminded her that she was favored and the Lord was with her. Are you aware that you are “favored by God” in this story? How might you recognize that Emmanuel (the Lord Jesus) is always with you…closer than your breath?

    Breath Prayer: (Inhale) – Wherever I am – (Exhale) – Emmanuel is with me!

  3. Tuesday: Luke 1:29 (CEB) She was confused by these words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

    Reflection: Mary was confused, and some translations say afraid, after hearing Gabriel’s message. How might it help you to see the major characters in the Biblical story as confused and afraid? Oftentimes it is in those “pregnant” moments of our lives—the very times when we are most open to receiving God’s guidance– that our own stories leave us feeling confused and afraid. Are there areas in your life where you are confused, afraid and looking for guidance?

    Breath Prayer: (Inhale) – Wherever I am – (Exhale) – Emmanuel is with me!

  4. Wednesday:  Luke 1:30-31 (CEB)  The angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. God is honoring you. Look! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.

    Reflection: The angel’s response to Mary’s fear and confusion is “Don’t be afraid, Mary…Look! You will conceive and give birth to Jesus.” How might God be inviting you to “look!” and to consider fresh ways to “conceive” the presence of Jesus more deeply into your everyday life?

    Breath Prayer: (Inhale) – Wherever I am – (Exhale) – Emmanuel is with me!

  5. Thursday: Matthew 18:1-5 (CEB) At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then he called a little child over to sit among the disciples, and said, “I assure you that if you don’t turn your lives around and become like this little child, you will definitely not enter the kingdom of heaven. Those who humble themselves like this little child will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

    Reflection: In the story of the angel Gabriel announcing Jesus entering the world, we read of Mary’s confusion… from the humility of Nazareth….to his birth in a stable. Today we read Jesus inviting us to humble ourselves as a little child to receive the kingdom of heaven. During this season of Advent, how might the faces of children invite you to receive the kingdom of heaven?

    Breath Prayer: (Inhale) – Wherever I am – (Exhale) – Emmanuel is with me!

  6. Friday: Matthew 25:38-40 (CEB) When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’

    Reflection: The story of Jesus invites us to see Jesus in the “messengers” and “messages” of our daily lives. Sometimes the stranger, the naked, the sick or the imprisoned are in our own family and neighborhood. During this Advent season, how might you be welcoming these messengers so that you might be welcoming Jesus?

    Breath Prayer: (Inhale) – Wherever I am – (Exhale) – Emmanuel is with me!

  7. Saturday: Luke 1:46-48 (NIV) “And Mary said: My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed.”

    Reflection: As Mary received the gift of Jesus, she shares a song of joy that echoes in Jesus’ central teaching of the Sermon on the Mount. “For God has been mindful of the humble state of his servant…from now on all generations will call me blessed.” Jesus invites us this Advent/Christmas to receive the blessing of his message…blessed are the poor in spirit for there is the kingdom of heaven. In the many “messengers” you will meet this holiday season…how can you open your heart to the “message” of Jesus?

    Breath Prayer: (Inhale) – Wherever I am – (Exhale) – Emmanuel is with me!

 

 
Speakers: Dave Norman, Susan Yantis