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Second Week of Advent: Love

December 9, 2013
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In this second week of Advent our focus is love and we light the Bethlehem Candle.

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Micah 5:2-5a

“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.”

Therefore He will give them up until the time
When she who is in labor has borne a child.
Then the remainder of His brethren
Will return to the sons of Israel.

And He will arise and shepherd His flock
In the strength of the Lord,
In the majesty of the name of the Lord His God.
And they will remain,
Because at that time He will be great
To the ends of the earth.

This One will be our peace.

Micah had prophesied this 700 years before the birth of Christ and yet it is so specific, calling out the name of the very town in which the baby would be born!  The magi even used this scripture when asking Herod about the baby.  You see, God’s plans were very specific.  He was bringing light into the world with the birth of a baby in a humble manger.

To me this means God has a plan for the little details.  He doesn’t forget the most humble of circumstances and is alive in them.  As we light the candle each evening this week shouldn’t we ask for the grace to see the little details, too?

Ask to see the small acts that can be accomplished through eyes-wide-open and hearts full of light.  Hands that can be used for helping instead of hurting.  Ways to bring the light with you wherever you go.  People are hurting and are in need and somehow, especially at this time of year, there is a special grace to help in small ways, small acts of kindness that don’t cost us anything, but mean the world to the hurting one.

Be in love.  Share God’s love.  Be His hands.

Oh Emmanuel, God with us
Spirit revealed in us
That we may be your hope to the world
Oh Emmanuel, God with us
With a light to break the darkness
That we may show your hope to the world
Emmanuel, God with us  (Lyrics from Emmanuel God With Us, Point of Grace)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Georgina permalink
    December 15, 2013 6:11 pm

    Can joy include pain? I think so when a story like this can move a heart to the point of anguished tears and overwhelming gratitude all at once. Beautiful story. Yes, to see Jesus in the details. Thank you Provision Room for sharing life with us. Merry Christmas!

    • December 17, 2013 3:23 pm

      I think true joy does contain an element of pain. It is because we know what that joy costs–it cost Jesus so much. But for the joy set before him, he endured the cross….Hebrews 12:2

      When we truly love something and find joy in it, there is always that risk of pain. But that’s when you know it’s real.

      Merry Christmas, Georgina. We love you!!!!

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