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She Loves Magazine is featuring a wonderful series on Advent. If you missed my piece there last week, I wanted to share part of it with you here…and be sure to check out the rest of the series!

“In the birth story of Jesus, there is so much darn waiting. 

Elizabeth and Zechariah have waited for years to have a baby. Now they’re waiting to meet their child and see if he will truly become a modern-day prophet.  Zechariah, dumbstruck by the angel Gabriel, is waiting to speak again. People are waiting outside the temple. Mary is waiting to see how her pregnancy will unfold. And on a grander scale, God’s people are sick of His silence; they’re waiting to hear something from Him again.

In the middle of all of this waiting, Mary travels to Elizabeth’s home, and there in the midst of these two women, God finally breaks his silence. Baby John dances in his mom’s womb and Elizabeth can’t help but exclaim to her cousin, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear.’

‘My soul glorifies the Lord,’ Mary sings in response, ‘and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.’

I’ve never identified with the carol Silent Night, because the birth of the Savior isn’t some docile event. God was about to make the loudest noise he had ever made in the first cries of the baby Jesus. But the rumble arose through voices of these two female friends— who were supporting, celebrating, and worshiping together in their waiting.

This Advent season, I too am waiting— for a medical diagnosis to set in emotionally, and for meds to begin doing their thing physically. The ones who’ve helped me in these dark days have been my women—my mom, my mother- in-law, my sisters, my neighbors, and my girlfriends. They’ve wrapped meals, babysitting, and prayer around me. What Mary and Elizabeth and my female friends have in common is the power to attend to, break silence with, and light up the darkness for each other…” 

You can read the rest of the post here. 

May you live shamelessly this week! It’s almost Christmas! Eek!



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