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Journey to the Manger Daily Advent Meditations by Members of Cathedral of St. Andrew Bethlehem Lutheran Church Heartside Ministry St. Marks Episcopal Church

Foreword Advent 2015 A time to pause... A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to help coordinate the media during the papal visit of Pope Francis to the United States. The logo for that trip was quite

Sunday, November 29 Good and upright is the LORD, therefore he shows sinners the way, He guides the humble in righteousness, and teaches the humble his way. Psalm 2589 Full text, Psalm 25410,14 I fee

Monday, November 30 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek the same Lord is Lord of all, enriching all who call upon him. Romans 1012 Full text, Romans 10918 This verse means that all are

Tuesday, December 1 Turning to the disciples in private he said, Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. Luke 1023 Full text, Luke 102124 At the beginning of the chapter, Jesus sends out 72 other

Wednesday, December 2 On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, The web that is woven over all nations. Isaiah 257 Full text, Isaiah 25610a What is this veil that veils all pe

Thursday, December 3 Better to take refuge in the LORD than to put ones trust in mortals. Better to take refuge in the LORD than to put ones trust in princes. Psalm 11889 Full text, Psalm 1181,89,192

Friday, December 4 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying out, Son of David, have pity on us When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to th

Saturday, December 5 For when his children see the work of my hands in his midst, they shall sanctify my name ... Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding, those who find fault shall receiv

Sunday, December 6 For God is leading Israel in joy by the light of his glory, with mercy and justice for company. Baruch 59 Full text. Baruch 519 We hear the prophet Baruch consoling the exiles and

Monday, December 7 Love and truth will meet. Justice and peace will kiss. Truth will spring from the earth justice will look down from heaven. Psalm 851112 Full text, Psalm 85914 Love, truth, justice

Tuesday, December 8 But Mary said to the angel, How can this be, since I have no relations with a man And the angel said to her in reply, The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most

Wednesday, December 9 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light. Matthew 112930 Full

Thursday, December 10 The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in mercy. The Lord is good to all, compassionate toward all your works. Psalm 14589 Full text, Psalm 1451,813 I ha

Friday, December 11 If only you would attend to my commandments, your peace would be like a river, your vindication like the waves of the sea. Isaiah 4818 Full text, Isaiah 481719 It is interesting t

Saturday, December 12 Sing and rejoice, daughter Zion Now, I am coming to dwell in your midst oracle of the LORD. Many nations will bind themselves to the Lord on that day. Zechariah 21011a Full tex

Sunday, December 13 Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will g

Monday, December 14 When he had come into the temple area, the chief priests and the elders of the people approached him as he was teaching and said, By what authority are you doing these things And w

Tuesday, December 15 Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him but tax

Wednesday, December 16 For thus says the LORD, the creator of the heavens, who is God, the designer and maker of the earth who established it. Not as an empty waste did he create it, but designing it

Thursday, December 17 O God, give your judgment to the king your justice to the kings son That he may govern your people with justice, your oppressed with right judgment. Psalm 722 Full text, Psalm 7

Friday, December 18 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means God i

Saturday, December 19 God, you have taught me from my youth to this day I proclaim your wondrous deeds. Psalm 7117 Full text, Psalm 7136,1617 The 18th verse completes the psalmists thought Even when

Sunday, December 20 And it is by Gods will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 1010 Full text, Hebrews 10510 This section of Scripture

Monday, December 21 The LORD has removed the judgment against you, he has turned away your enemies The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear. Zephaniah 31

Tuesday, December 22 The LORD makes poor and makes rich, humbles, and also exalts. He raises the needy from the dust from the ash heap lifts up the poor, To seat them with nobles and make a glorious t

Wednesday, December 23 Now I am sending my messenger he will prepare the way before me And the Lord whom you seek will come suddenly to his temple. Malachi 31a Full text, Malachi 314,2324 The messen

Thursday, December 24 Forever I will maintain my mercy for him my covenant with him stands firm. Psalm 8929 Full text, Psalm 8925,27,29 The word mercy in the Book of Psalms is vital to remember if we

Christmas Day When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to u

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