Now Is the Time of God’s Favor

Advent Meditation for Dec 20
Read Luke 1:68-75 and Philippians 2:5-11

Zechariah’s praise when John was born included the words “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.”

Jesus came to “proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” and to do so, he took on the form of a nobody.  He “emptied himself, taking the form of a slave… [and] humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death. Therefore God also highly exalted him … so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

 “When God acts, the fulfillment of the promise transcends its anticipated scope. The people expected a liberating king. They received a cosmic Savior.”  (– Folke T. Olofsson in The Upper Room Disciplines, 1995.)

Meditation: Consider specific ways that God calls you to have the mind of Christ Jesus and to carry his message to nobodies….  “God, I thank you for Jesus’ obedience to you.  Give me the mind that was in Christ Jesus, that I may live in humility and obedience before you. Amen.  “


About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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