The Cast of Advent: December 15 – the Holy Spirit

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The angel Gabriel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).

Oh, that’s right. Over the past few weeks, we’ve considered all kinds of people from priests and laity to patriarchs and prophets to virgins and angels. Hopefully you haven’t forgotten that God is a major player in the advent of Christ!

The Spirit of God was there at creation, empowered judges like Samson and enlivened dry, dead bones when Ezekiel preached. Now the third person of the Trinity overrules the order of creation and makes it possible for a virgin to conceive and give birth to a son. Just when you think you’ve got life figured out, God comes at you in a way you never expected!

We ought never underestimate what God can do. No person is beyond the reach of his grace. No darkness can dim his light. The worst sin has already been atoned for by Jesus’ death on the cross. He is present in the womb and at the death bed. He loves you on your best days and your worst.

Sometimes it feels like a shadow darkens our lives. When that happens, we quickly assume the worst, allowing our fears, doubts and worries to take over our thoughts. But what if that shadow is the Spirit of God? Do you ever stop to consider that the power of the Most High might be overshadowing you?

No shadow can exist without light. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” Don’t let the shadows fool you. They testify to the light no darkness can overcome, our Lord Jesus Christ!

Thank you, Lord, for the light and the shadows in my life. Amen.

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