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Advent Week 1: Hope – December 7

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A story of hope from WorldVision Agnes' Story by James Addis Agnes explains that she once had a husband, five sisters, and a brother. Sister Loveness died in 1989. Then at regular intervals, so too did Agnes’ husband and sisters Ireen, Grace, Mary, and Queen. Finally, brother Frankie also died. Each death was preceded by a long illness featuring vomiting, diarrhea, and overwhelming weakness that kept the sufferer confined to bed.   As each sibling died, Agnes took care of their children. “They had no one else,” she explains. The partners of her brother and sisters were either already dead or disappeared when the sickness came. So last year, Agnes, a widow, found herself responsible for 13 children—seven orphans, three children of her own, and three grandchildren from her older dau...

Advent Week 1: Hope – December 5

Advent
Story from Christian tradition: One of the traditional stories in Christian scripture is the response of Mary to bearing Jesus. It is commonly called the Magnificat. Here is Mary's response to bearing a child out of wedlock. 46And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 53he has filled the hungry with good thing...