Where in the World is Emmanuel

December 7, 2014

Where in the World is Emmanuel - Seeing Emmanuel in our Families

Today's Scripture: Luke 1:39-64

Daily Scripture Readings & Reflections

  1. Sunday: Luke 1:39-45 (CEB) Mary got up and hurried to a city in the Judean highlands. She entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. With a loud voice she blurted out, “God has blessed you above all women, and he has blessed the child you carry. Why do I have this honor, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  As soon as I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy.  Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises he made to her.”

    Reflection: Mary has traveled to be with her cousin who was pregnant with John the Baptist.  As you read this part of the story, you can’t help but feel the excitement of family being together.  Both women are pregnant and even the baby feels the joy. Can you name a time when your family got together and there was no doubt that God was with you in the joy and excitement? How you would tell that story to someone else?

    Breath Prayer: (Inhale) – Wherever I am – (Exhale) – there is Emmanuel

  2. Monday: Luke 1:46-47 (CEB) Mary said, “With all my heart I glorify the Lord! In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.

    Reflection: How would you describe what it looks like for you to glorify God with all your heart?  For what are you most thankful to God, your savior?  How comfortable are you with sharing such things with your family?

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

  3. Tuesday: Luke 1:48-49 (CEB) He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant. Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored because the mighty one has done great things for me.

    Reflection: With all the excitement in the family, Mary breaks into song. We know the song as the Magnificat.  Here she sings of the great things that will come to reality in Jesus. What are some great things in your everyday life that you have experienced in your relationship with Jesus? What great things has God done for you?

    Breath Prayer: (Inhale) – Wherever I am – (Exhale) – there is Emmanuel

  4. Wednesday:  Luke 1:50-51 (CEB) Holy is his name.  He shows mercy to everyone, from one generation to the next, who honors him as God. He has shown strength with his arm.

    Reflection:How has God shown mercy on you and your family?  How is this mercy being talked about and passed along generation to generation?

    Breath Prayer: (Inhale) – Wherever I am – (Exhale) – there is Emmanuel

  5. Thursday: Luke 1:52-53 (CEB) He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones and lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty-handed.

    Reflection: In our world where the rich are getting richer and the poor are becoming poorer, what does this part of Mary’s song say about this growing disparity? How does this realization make you feel? What, if anything, can you do about the growing gap?

    Breath Prayer: (Inhale) – Wherever I am – (Exhale) – there is Emmanuel

  6. Friday: Luke 1:54-55 (CEB) He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, remembering his mercy, just as he promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and to Abraham’s descendants forever.”

    Reflection: What was passed on to you in your family about Jesus?  What promises, if any, do you hold on to and pass on to your children or other family members?

    Breath Prayer: (Inhale) – Wherever I am – (Exhale) – there is Emmanuel

  7. Saturday: Luke 1:57-64 (CEB) When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a boy.  Her neighbors and relatives celebrated with her because they had heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy. On the eighth day, it came time to circumcise the child. They wanted to name him Zechariah because that was his father’s name.  But his mother replied, “No, his name will be John.”   They said to her, “None of your relatives have that name.” Then they began gesturing to his father to see what he wanted to call him.  After asking for a tablet, he surprised everyone by writing, “His name is John.”  At that moment, Zechariah was able to speak again, and he began praising God.

    Reflection: When it came time to name Elizabeth’s and Zechariah’s baby boy, they were going outside the family tradition by giving him a name that was not from the family line. Because keeping family names was very important to families then, their decision to not keep tradition caused great confusion and emotional unrest in the family and neighborhood.  What kind of struggles create emotional unrest in your family? If God is not an emotion, but a reality of unconditional love and unlimited welcome, then what might Emmanuel be wanting to say to you and your family in those emotionally unsettling times?

    Breath Prayer: (Inhale) – Wherever I am – (Exhale) – there is Emmanuel

 

 
Speakers: Dave Norman