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Literacy Musing Mondays is a growing blogging community where we link up posts about all things related to literacy, learning, reading, blogging, and writing. We also love stories here. Our guest poster at Literacy Musing Mondays this week Tara Ulrich who shares her joy about one of the greatest story ever told : Advent.
Advent: Salvation’s Promise
Through the Birth of a Holy Child
By Tara Ulrich
I am a lover of story especially a well-crafted, historical story. The way the characters are woven through the plot of the story; the emotions felt; the well thought out deeply insightful conversations; and the way the story concludes leaving me satisfied or leaving me wanting even more. Each piece of the story plays a vital role in the telling of the story.
Can you think of some of your all time favorite stories? Why do you love them so much? Do they leave you feeling satisfied or do they leave you aching for more…wanting to spend just a little bit longer with the characters as you get to know them more intimately?
I have so many stories that I love, but my absolute favorite story comes straight out of the pages of the Bible: Jesus’ birth, life and death. Today for my guest post at Literacy Musing Mondays, I am going to focus solely on the true story of Christmas as we find ourselves dwelling in the Season of Advent.
Jesus’s Advent story begins with a humble mother: Mary. Here she is a virgin woman, engaged to be married, and she is told she will bear a child. Talk about a little bit of scandal. This virgin woman can NOT be “with child” yet she is! As a single woman myself, I know that people would think I was crazy if I told them that an angel had told me that I was going to bear a child….and not just any child…but the Messiah. Yet God sends one of God’s messengers to Mary to calm her fears. I love the simple words of the angel as she utters “Do not be afraid.”
“The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom there will be no end.'”–
For Mary, Advent meant a time of waiting and then a journey.
Enter another important person, the husband and soon-to-be father, Joseph. Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem where Mary is to give birth to this precious holy child. They arrive and find out there is no room for them in the inn. Mary gives birth to Jesus in the most unlikely of places; in a manger. Despite the circumstances, Mary and Joseph welcome their son into the world with joy.
Travel over to Tara’s blog to read more about this important foundational Christmas story and the personal impact it has had on her life..
Tara Ulrich lives in Minot, ND where she serves at a Lutheran church as the Director of Home and Family Ministry. She is a rostered Diaconal Minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Diaconal Ministers grew out of the Catholic understanding of deacons and deaconesses; Word and Service rather than Word and Sacrament). Prior to coming to Minot, she lived in Moorhead, MN and served at a church in Dilworth, MN for approximately 6 1/2 years. She is a graduate of the University of Mary (Bismarck, ND) and Wartburg Theological Seminary. She loves to spend time with her friends and family, reading, writing, and on the beautiful prairies of North Dakota. You can follow her at her blog Praying on the Prairie. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.
Now on to this week’s Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup. First let’s ….
Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!
Ramona at Create With Joy’s
Ramona supports our linkup each week and can be counted on to share her creative book reviews. I love visiting her blog! She features more than just book reviews. You will also find beautiful paper crafts to inspire you; mouth-watering recipes to entice you; stimulating books and resources to enrich you; and so much more. My favorite thing on her site are her beautiful cats. Be sure to stop by and explore. 🙂
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