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By Mónica Ines Barroso
Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Advent devotional, week 3

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This Advent devotional comes from Devocionales 2022, a book of devotionals produced by the Movimiento de Mujeres Anabautistas Haciendo Teología desde América Latina (MTAL — Movement of Anabaptist Women doing Theology from Latin America) The daily devotionals can also be found on the Libro Devocional MTAL Facebook page.



 

 

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!'" —  Luke 2:13-14 (NRSVUE)

During this time, an angel approached the shepherds to give them the great news of the birth of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus. And next to him appeared other angels who, with great joy, praised God and announced peace on earth. Think of the contribution that the birth of Jesus would make to our world — nothing less than to bring peace on earth.

As women, we are called to be agents of peace in all those areas where we carry out our activities – in our work outside or inside the home, and with our sisters and brothers in the faith. Jesus said in John 14:27 that He would give us His peace, and made it clear that it was not like the peace that the world gives. It is a peace over and above life's conflicts.

On one occasion during my years of missionary work in northern Argentina, together with brothers and sisters from the United States, I went through an anguishing situation when I had to travel urgently to southern Argentina, many kilometers from the city where we lived. The Toba-Qom brothers and sisters, translators of the Bible into their language, surrounded me and prayed a prayer of faith on behalf of my life, for safety during the trip, and for my father's life. I felt the peace of Jesus that surrounded me at that moment and gave me the courage to travel, knowing that Jesus went with me. I never forgot that moment. They were used by Jesus as agents of peace.


Let us pray:

Thank you, Lord, for your peace that helps us overcome the conflicts that arise at any moment of our lives.

Editor's Note: Mónica Barroso is Argentine, and is married to Luis Acosta. From 1995 to 2015 they lived in Sáenz Peña and were part of the Mennonite Team of the Argentine Chaco. Now they live in Mar del Plata. Their son Marcos is a Mennonite pastor in Florida and their daughter Débora is a nutritionist in Mar del Plata.


¡Buenas nuevas de los ángeles!

Esta meditación de Adviento viene de Devocionales 2022, libro de devocionales producido por el Movimiento de Mujeres Anabautistas Haciendo Teología desde América Latina (MTAL). Los devocionales diarios se encuentran también en Facebook Libro Devocional MTAL.


"En aquel momento aparecieron, junto al ángel, muchos otros ángeles del cielo, que alababan a Dios y decían: "¡Gloria a Dios en las alturas! Paz en la tierra entre los hombres que gozan de su favor." Lucas 2:13-14 (DHH)

Estos días estamos viendo cómo un ángel se acerca a los pastores para darles la gran noticia del nacimiento del Mesías, el Señor Jesús. Y junto a él aparecen otros ángeles que con gran alegría alababan a Dios y anunciaban la paz en la tierra. Pensemos en el aporte que el nacimiento de Jesús haría a nuestro mundo, nada menos que traer paz a la tierra entre los que formamos parte de su pueblo.

Cómo mujeres, somos llamadas a ser agentes de paz en todos los ámbitos donde nos desarrollemos, sea en nuestro trabajo fuera o dentro del hogar y con nuestras hermanas y hermanos en la fe. Jesús dijo en Juan 14:27 que nos daría su paz y aclaró que no era como la paz que da el mundo. Es una paz que está sobre los conflictos propios de la vida.

En mis años de trabajo misionero en el norte de Argentina, junto a hermanos y hermanas menonitas de Estados Unidos, en una ocasión pasé una situación de angustia al tener que viajar de urgencia al sur argentino a muchos kilómetros de la ciudad donde residíamos. Los hermanos y hermanas toba-qom, traductores de la Biblia, me rodearon e hicieron una oración de fe a favor de mi vida, por seguridad durante el viaje y a favor de la vida de mi padre. Sentí la paz de Jesús que me rodeó en ese momento y me dio ánimo para viajar, sabiendo que Jesús iba conmigo. Nunca olvidé ese momento. Ellos fueron usados por Jesús como agentes de paz.


Oremos:

Gracias, Señor por tu paz que nos ayuda a superar los conflictos que se presentan en cada momento de nuestra vida.

Editor's Note: Mónica Barroso es argentina, casada con Luis Acosta. De 1995 al 2015 vivieron en Sáenz Peña y formaron parte del Equipo Menonita del Chaco Argentino. Ahora viven en Mar del Plata. Su hijo Marcos es pastor menonita en Florida y su hija Débora es nutricionista en Mar del Plata.

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