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Sunday, the third week of advent devotion comes from Michael Hoy's, "Light of Grace: Devotions for Advent."

nd she fave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in teh guest room.

Luke 2:7 NRSV


Author's Reflection

The illlumination from the lights of hope, peace and joy is now joined with the light of love breaking into our darkness. Part of our darkness is our failure to recognize our limits, even boasting as if we were the masters of our own destinies. Yet we are all graced with a life we did not earn. We live our life standing so much on the shoulders of others. And as we face our own martality, we cannot control or master death. St. Paul reminds us, "For as in Adam all die" (1 Corinthians 15:22, ESV).

Jesus, however, loved us by entering our darkened world and humbly taking on our human form. He was wrapped in bands of cloths by his mother, Mary. He was laid in a manger, which was really a place where animals fed. And his lodging left much to be desired, for there was not room for him in a guest room. The King of Kings comes humbly into this world. And he would die in humiliation on a cross. He entered into the fullness of our humanity with all our human limits. But in so doing, his light of love shines in the darkness.

There is so much divine greatness in this firstborn son. He does not renounce our humanity but rather embraces it, even in all its weakness. And even in sharing so fully our humanity, his name is now "above every other name" in God's glory (Philippians 2:9-11). His coming shines God's gracious and glorious light of love over all our darkness so that we need not boast anymore in ourselves but in him. God's love in Christ shines upon us, freeing us for humble living, bringing grace to all humanity.


Author's Prayer

Lord, shine your light of love upon us. Amen.

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