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December 25: Someone to Surrender to

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. —John 1:14
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December 24: All Is in Readiness

Go and tell my servant David…“Are you the one to build me a house to live in?”… I took you from the pasture,…I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name,… I will appoint a place for my people Israel,… the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house…. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever. —2 Samuel 7:5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16
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December 23: Confrontation, Conversion, Consolation

For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap;…he will purify the descendants of Levi…. Lo, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents…. —Malachi 3:2–4; 4:5–6
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December 22: Power, Prestige and Possessions

…[God] has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. —Luke 1:51-53
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December 21: True Religion

And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord. —Luke 1:45
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December 20: A Feverish Desire for the Will of God

She was much perplexed by [Gabriel’s] words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. —Luke 1:29
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December 19: Stand-Ins for Social Acceptability

But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years. —Luke 1:7
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December 18: Breaking Open the Word

Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. —Matthew 1:20
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Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent: The Imitation of God

Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him. —Matthew 21:31b–32
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Monday of the Third Week of Advent: Non-Dual Thinking

So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.” —Matthew 21:27
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