Day 17

Reading - Matthew 1:18-21

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”


After God spoke to Joseph through the angel, he chose to do the right thing and stand by Mary. When have you been compelled to do the right thing?


Lord, thank you that Joseph heard from you and his actions changed. We pray that more people will hear your voice about how to look after the planet and act on it. Amen.


On the seventeenth day of Advent:

  • Place an angel on your spiral.
  • Make a conscious effort to stand up for something that will make a difference to the planet. It could be how you shop, spend your money or use your time.
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