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Day 45

Luke Chapter 1

Daily thought to go along with each day’s reading.

Wednesday, August 1st

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Luke Chapter 1

Daily Thought

“In Luke chapter 1, we remember that the faith is to be passed down through ‘eyewitnesses and servants of the word.’

Just as Mary conceived and gave birth to Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, we too can give birth to Jesus in our lives. As we feed the life of Christ in us through prayer, Bible study, and the fellowship of Christians, He more and more comes out of us. Like John the Baptist, we can prepare the way of the Lord for others to conceive and give birth to ‘the Christ.’ Let us rejoice as Mary did, declaring: ‘His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation…He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.’

Through Zechariah and Elizabeth’s story, we remember that righteous lives don’t equate to lives without disappointment and heartbreak. However, we must know that failure to conceive what we want, in our timing, doesn’t mean God is displeased with us. While it’s easy to lose heart, if we’ll remain faithful to Christ we might just be pleasantly surprised by what God will do in the end. For as the Angel of the Lord has said: ‘…no word from God will ever fail.’

As those who carry Christ in us, may we all greet our brothers and sisters in Christ as Elizabeth greeted Mary, ‘I am favored that the child of my Lord is in my life.’ (Paraphrase)

We are all blessed to carry Christ with us, and we must show Him to one another in our greetings and fellowship that the world may know He IS Risen!”

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