December 22, Day Three of Week Four – The Way of Peace though Peace

Luke 2: 8 – 15 “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about. So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.”

Welcome to our world

Welcome to our World   Song Link

Tears are falling, hearts are breaking
How we need to hear from God
You’ve been promised, we’ve been waiting
Welcome Holy Child
Welcome Holy Child

Hope that you don’t mind our manger
How I wish we would have known
But long awaited Holy Stranger
Make yourself at home
Please make yourself at home

Bring your peace into our violence
Bid our hungry souls be filled
World now breaking Heaven’s silence
Welcome to our world
Welcome to our world

Fragile finger sent to heal us
Tender brow prepared for thorn
Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us is born
Unto us is born

So wrap our injured flesh around You
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sin and make us holy
Perfect Son of God
Perfect Son of God
Welcome to our world

Reflection:   Remember a couple years ago, when Prince George, future King of England was born? His birth was announced with the traditional formal bulletin displayed outside Buckingham Palace as well as a press release. Gun salutes signaled his birth in the capitols of several countries. The bells of Westminster Abbey were rung as well as many other churches. How differently Jesus’ birth was announced. God chose a host of angels to announce Jesus’ birth but only to a group of lowly shepherds. He put a magnificent star in the sky as guidance – without any directions. The shepherds and the wise men didn’t have GPS or street addresses. Just a star and faith. The people of Bethlehem likely learned of the birth through word of mouth, going about their daily business. Truly a grassroots effort of announcement. Through this humble introduction, God is shouting at us. Great things do not have to be done loudly.

Action: Today do acts of peace or other kindnesses without saying anything to anyone about what you have done. Let your giving be done in secret as is says in Matthew 6. Let it stay with you and God. Thank God for the chance to be a gift to someone else.

Dear God, Thank you for announcing Jesus is such a humble way. Your examples of humility light the quiet path for us. We live in a world where everything, matter or not, is heralded in a spotlight of news, social media and loudness. In this last week of Advent, hear our gratitude for this bit of quiet admonition. With welcoming and waiting hearts, Amen.

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