25 Days of Advent - Blessings

Blessings by Nora Pitrolo

What is the dictionary definition of “Blessing”? It is a noun and it means “God’s favor and protection”. Gee, that means that it can be a person, place or thing… We can think of many people in our lives that are Blessings (for example; family, friends, church family, teachers, nurses, etc.) We can also think of many places that are Blessings (home, mountains, church buildings, seashore, our prayer “closet”, etc.) Yes, we can even think of several “things” that are Blessings (food, air, water, clothing, shelter, car, house, money, etc.)

As we ponder all of these Blessings, we need to make sure God is included in each and every one. God blesses us with His Bible to give us guidance throughout our earthly life and to help us prepare ourselves to be with Him one day. He blesses us with His Grace and His forgiveness. He blesses us with Salvation, Hope and Agape Love, and on and on. His blessing are both, seen and unseen. Think about situations we may get into that we don’t see any way out. God can bless us with Intervention and protection! He can guide us in new directions!

We are in the Advent Season and excited to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Thinking about that is both a happy and sad occasion. We know that baby Jesus came into this world to be our Savior and Kinsman Redeemer!!! Oh, the ultimate Blessing for us so we can be with him someday!

Sometimes we make choices that result in Blessings from God. Read Luke 1:26-56 and look at the choice that Mary made and think of the Blessings she received and that we all receive.

Somethings she did was Praise God and Humble herself. Do we give God the glory and praises for his Blessings? Do we thank Him in prayer for all that He does for us?

Luke 1:39-56

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary’s Song

46 And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord

47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48 for he has been mindful

of the humble state of his servant.

From now on all generations will call me blessed,

49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—

holy is his name.

50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,

from generation to generation.

51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;

he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones

but has lifted up the humble.

53 He has filled the hungry with good things

but has sent the rich away empty.

54 He has helped his servant Israel,

remembering to be merciful

55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,

just as he promised our ancestors.”

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

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