December 11, 2017
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Luke 5:17-28

‘We have seen strange things today’.

This is one of my favorite passages in Luke.  Who wouldn’t like to have a group of friends like this paralyzed man?  They creatively worked as a team to get him front of Jesus and the result was a life changing event, Jesus used the power of God to cure this man’s body and forgive his sins.

Nothing had prepared the crowd for these events.  Isn’t that just what Advent is all about?  We celebrate Advent as the first coming of the Savior to the world.  The world was mostly unprepared for the coming of the Christ but we can prepare our hearts today.  We can follow the lead of the friends in this Gospel and creatively find a way to be put in front of Jesus.

(c) 2017 Donnie Hawley

About The Author:

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 27 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?

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