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Life is filled with expectations! However, many times they go unmet and yet God continues to bless and provide. This Advent, some of our Messiah staff will share stories of times when their life expectations were not met and yet God worked through the situation anyway. We pray these stories will encourage you as we think about What to Expect...When You're Expecting! Let’s prepare our hearts and homes for Jesus, the best unexpected blessing we will ever receive!!

The Baby Is Born!

Trudi Lappe | Assistant Worship Director

We have taken a journey together this Advent, sharing stories of times when the unexpected happened in our lives and reflecting on how God worked through those times. As we contemplate the birth of our Savior, we see so many unexpected details as well!

Through the prophet Isaiah, God announces the coming Savior. But He would not be born into a perfectly priestly family. Unexpectedly, God chooses a young virgin girl with a family tree filled with soiled and imperfect people.  

Mary’s pregnancy by the Holy Spirit is unexpected and leaves her fiancé Joseph confused, and yet God gives them both hearts filled with faith. 

Mary spends about three months of her pregnancy with her older cousin Elizabeth, who is quite unexpectedly pregnant as well!  Her unborn baby, John the Baptist, leaps with joy when she greets pregnant Mary.

Mary and Joseph most likely had plans for the birth of their baby, but once again, the unexpected happens and the Messiah is born miles from their home, in Bethlehem, and laid in a humble manger.  

So many seemingly unexpected twists and turns are a part of this story.  And yet, God worked through them all!! Today may we joyfully celebrate the birth of Jesus in our lives and may these unchanging truths be born in us.

We can EXPECT God to have good plans for us. His plan of Salvation was a very good plan carried out through Mary and Joseph. His plan for you is good too! “I have plans for you...for good...to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11

We can EXPECT God to use us for His glory, even though we are imperfect people, just like those in the family tree of Jesus, and the first disciples. “The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in Scriptures.”  Acts 4:13

We can EXPECT God to love us unconditionally. His love shows up in the manger and also at the cross. It is very real. “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.”  Jeremiah 31:3We can EXPECT God to be always with us. “The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9This perfectly imperfect story is God’s perfect plan of salvation. Thank you Jesus! We celebrate the gift of Jesus today!!

Luke 2:14
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

Prayer
Lord God, may we join the angels in praising Your name today. You are Emmanuel – God with us! May you be born in us today filling us with love, forgiveness and joy! In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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