December 22, 2015

Luke 1_37

1 Samuel 2:1b-10; Luke 1:26-38

Nothing is impossible with God. Hannah, childless and heart-broken pled and bargained with God for a child. She promised that if she were allowed to give birth to a son, she would dedicate his life as a Nazirite, giving him to the service of the Lord. The Lord heard and answered. The Lord kept his promise and Hannah kept hers. Hannah’s son, Samuel, grew up strong under the tutelage of Eli, the priest. In her prayer of thanksgiving for this son given to her by the grace of God, Hannah expounds upon the things that God can do.

Nothing is impossible with God. The elderly and barren Elizabeth also was granted by God to conceive a son. John, known as the Baptist, was the elder cousin of Jesus, who was born to a virgin. This child, Jesus, who is called the Son of the Most High, is truly the Son of God. This child, born to a virgin, would reign over a kingdom that would have no end. This is the same eternal kingdom that has been secured, for all who would believe, by the blood of the Son of God.

Prayer: O God, help us to trust that in and with you nothing is impossible. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Judy Mattson, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Skanee, MI.

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