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Introduction to the 3rd Week of Advent
Mary “returned to her home” (Luke 1:56), she returned to Galilee. It was the home of her parents. It was the home of her family. And, Galilee was the home of Joseph to whom she was betrothed.
As Mary returned from Judah and neared the region of Galilee, she prepared herself for her anticipated reunion with Joseph. She knew he was “a righteous man” (Matthew 1:19). She knew he was a man of prayer. She knew he was a man of integrity. Mary knew Joseph. She knew his heart.
She knew his faith, and she knew his holiness.
However, Mary didn’t know what he would say or how he would respond to such unexpected news.
As Mary returned to Galilee she had to face the unknown.
As Mary returned to Galilee she had to deepen her trust.
As Mary returned to Galilee she had to talk to Joseph … and that is where our third week of Advent begins.
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