Today I read an Advent challenge; something that will prepare my heart for Christmas and the celebration of this magical season.

Beginning today, read one chapter of the gospel of Luke every day. There are twenty-four chapters, so you will finish the day before Christmas with a fresh and deeper understanding of the reason why the birth of Christ is celebrated.

I am joining the challenge. Today I read chapter 1.

I took away from the reading a deep awe for the people involved. Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph all participated in profound ways. They rejoiced and celebrated what God was doing in sending Jesus as a baby. They were honored to be a part of his grand design.

I am reminded of a verse I read in Ecclesiastes several weeks ago.

Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there’s no use arguing with God about your destiny.

Ecclesiastes 6:10

While some may find this verse disturbing, I find it comforting. Not that my future has already been decided, but that no one can take away my intended destiny. God created me with a purpose and it will be accomplished.

God, through the angel Gabriel, spoke the future of John the Baptist and Jesus before they were even conceived. No one could change it.

You have not been forgotten either. God is as attentive to you as every other part of his creation. Stand firm in your destiny; it will be accomplished.

May your day of worship be blessed with God inspired truth and angel ministrations.

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