2The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. 6For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

Today as we begin the final week of Advent, I pause to remember the passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies who will still make it happen. I have decided to intentionally put the brakes on activity this week to pause and appreciate Jesus coming as a baby. I want to notice and acknowledge the chaos and faith surrounding not only the unprecedented method of conception, but the months of pregnancy, the birth among animals, the escape from those who would kill the baby, the steadfast commitment to the word of the Lord given through Gabriel.

I invite you to pause. Just stop for a few minutes. Read the scripture aloud, paying close attention to any word or phrase that stands out to you. Use that word or phrase as a breath prayer throughout your day as you prepare your heart to celebrate the mystery and majesty of the birth of Jesus.

Let this song be a starting point for your interaction with the Holy Spirit today!

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