Luke Chapter One

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the following is excerpted from a devotional in progress…”New Hearts Teaching Hearts to be New” Due out in Spring 2015


Verse 37 spells out the implications of our relationship with God. “For with God nothing will be impossible.” The examples in the story are pregnant with meaning to say the least, a barren woman and a virgin both conceive. The family way, leaping with joy, presaged by angels. It is offspring that defines God the Father, otherwise He would just be God.

Our lives within our families are promised that nothing will be impossible with Him as our Father. Prodigals returned, fathers hearts turned toward their children, family getaways to Egypt on the back of a donkey, husbands agreeing with their wives about how to deal with children. Miracles.

God made something from nothing, and nothing’s been impossible ever since, now that’s something isn’t it?

What will we do with this promise? Zacharias doubted it and was struck dumb. Mary accepted it and burst into song. The promise held true no matter the response, but I think the response matters, don’t you?

The ‘withness’ is the witness to fulfillment. How do we go about being with an Omnipresent God. Ought to be easier than we make it out to be, but it took both the births of John and Jesus to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

I’m not sure I’m fully prepared to have the Lord leaping for joy in my life, but I suppose anything’s possible.

Will Schmit

Will Schmit is a volunteer outreach prison minister for Lifehouse Church in McKinleyville Ca. He is the author of Head Lines A Sixty Day Guide to Personal Psalmistry and Jesus Inside A Prison Minister's Memoir and Training Manual both available at Amazon Books and The website also includes poetry, ministry updates, and music downloads from Bring To Glory a CD of spoken word with coffee house jazz.

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