Reflections from our church family this Advent.
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But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,Micah 5:2 (NIV)
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.
The word Ephrathah (an old name for Bethlehem) means fruitful. From a small town the world was changed forever.
Long before Jesus was born, the plan was in place for how he was to be introduced to the world. Throughout history, God’s majesty is revealed through moments of beautiful humility — in the still small voice, in the flowers of the meadow, in the tiny points of light in the black sky.
In a world that is always looking for the next big thing or the most charismatic leader, the Kingdom presents a truly world-changing alternative. Simple acts of humble obedience (taking care of those in need, welcoming in the stranger like they were family, loving the “other”) can make a long-lasting difference.
This Christmas, ask God to show you his heart for the people in your community.
Thank you, Father, for the example of humility you showed us in your son Jesus.
As we celebrate Christmas, remind us of your heart for your world, and help us put first the needs of those around us.
Thy Kingdom come!