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The virgin will conceive and give birth to a 
son, and they will call him Immanuel 
(which means “God with us”). - Matthew 1:23 (NIV)

Advent may be the church season of beginnings, but in the northern hemisphere Advent occurs during a cold season in which very little in nature is pointing to burgeoning life. But life is there nonetheless. Deep under the ground, seeds are waiting for the warmth of the sun to bring...

Today's Prayer
Dear Lord, help us to trust in your power at work in our lives even when we cannot sense it. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Matthew 1:18-25

Thought for the Day

God offers me hope and new beginnings.

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God comes to us . . .

"God comes to the woman who feels in exile in her own marriage. To the man who grieves the loss of life dreams. To the child who lives on the street. To the parents who struggle to feed and clothe their children. To the one whose loneliness or depression intensifies every Christmas." Click to watch video.