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Advent Devotional for Saturday, December 19
• Micah 2:2-5a
As we approach the final days counting down to Christmas, we are bombarded with the message that bigger is better. The gift-giving bug of “Commercialized Christmas” has been biting, and it has left behind an infectious message: small and insignificant does not matter.
This could not be further from the truth.
We often sing a familiar holiday hymn during this time of year whose title describes the littleness of Bethlehem. At times we forget that the little Bethlehems we encounter are exactly what God can use to bring forth the prophetic narratives that are our spiritual walk. It is through the small and insignificant that life-shaping and -shifting miracles occur.
Bethlehem was a significant place. It is a city in the hill country of Judah, a place where Jacob’s wife, Rachel, died and was buried. Bethlehem was the birthplace of David and was also the place of his anointing as king by Samuel. In Micah 2:2-5 it was distinguished above every other city as the birthplace of the God-promised Messiah.
As we move through this season, let us be mindful that we are never too small or insignificant; all of our lives matter and we can make a huge difference. It is through our faith in Christ our Redeemer that we can spread Love, Hope, and Joy, as well the Good News of Christ Jesus to those who are feeling small and insignificant during this particular time of year.
Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the paths of your only begotten Son: that we may worthily serve you with hearts purified by His coming: Come quickly, Lord Jesus, who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
MDIV Student from Houston, Texas
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