It's funny how God works. Yesterday was good day. After feeling out of sorts on Monday, Tuesday seemed not just manageable but even a little peaceful. As I opened scripture to prepare for today's devotional expecting to see the next part of the Exodus story I had a surprise. Today is what we call the Feast of the Annunciation. Those are just fancy words for today we celebrate as the day the Angel Gabriel came to Mary to tell her she was going to have a baby. What good news for today.
It's 9 months until Christmas Eve and here we are thinking about putting Christmas lights to help us remember that Jesus is the light of the world and nothing will put that light away. It's helpful for us to remember that in addition to being the light of the world Jesus is called Emmanuel - which translates to God with us.
Our challenge, not just today, not just on good days but when things are tough is to see where God is with us. But specifically today - look for the ways you see God. Perhaps it is in the flowers blooming, a conversation with a friend, the reminder that life will not always be hard or lonely. And if you're having a hard time, sit outside for a moment, take a deep breath and remember that you are loved by God and by me.
Let's pray - God we love you and we know you love us. Help us to see that you are always with us and nothing will take your light from our world. In the name of Jesus. Amen.