Fourth Monday of Advent

December 19, 2016  •   Tracy Earl Welliver


JGS 13:2-7, 24-25a; Psalm 71; LK 1:5-25

Today’s readings tell us the stories of Manoah’s wife and Elizabeth, both of whom were barren, but with the power of God, they became pregnant with child. The children born to these women weren’t just “average Joe’s” either. They were Samson and John the Baptist, two important figures in salvation history.

In stewardship, sometimes it can feel that our fields are dry and bearing no fruit. We can feel that even though we keep trying to cultivate our gifts and offer them back to God for his glory, nothing around us changes. The poor are still among us. Hearts are still hardened. The community we live in still appears to be fractioned.

But our gifts are not our own. We cannot will certain things to happen that are not in God’s plan. We are called to simply grow that which we have been given the best we can and offer it back to the God who created all things. We are stewards, not owners. But here is the hope we hold in our hearts: God will bring forth a rich harvest from the field that appears dry and hardened. Stay faithful to God for he is always faithful to his own.

Daily Advent Challenge

Can you identify a struggle you are having in living out your stewardship way of life? Name it and place it completely in God’s hands. You might be surprised what God can create out of our hardships and chaos.

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