December 24, Day Five of Week Four – The Way of Peace though Peace

Luke 2: 2 – 7  “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)  And everyone went to their own town to register.  So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.

Holy STar 2

Oh, Holy Night  Song Link

The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees O hear the angels voices.
O night divine O night when Christ was born
O night divine, O night, O night divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
O night divine, O night, O night divine

Reflection:  The story of Christmas is thousands of years old, but it never gets old in our hearts.  A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices!  Like Mary, we are pregnant – with a trembling hope, with a lively anticipation of something great coming.  As we go about the reflective moments of Advent, the excitement builds.  This is the true magic of Christmas – a babe who turns our world around every day.  Mary did the hard work.  But there is still work to be done.  No one is more humble than Mary in demeanor or circumstance.  If God can perform miracles with her, then it can happen with us.  No matter how ordinary we might think of ourselves, we carry the glory of God within us.  What is it that God is calling you to do?

Action:  Martin Luther King Jr. preached, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  Though we are small, let God work great things in you.  Have a dream!  Be a beam of everlasting light, listening to how he taught us to love one another.   Do something today to help turn the world toward Jesus.  Commit to do something big or small every day.  Then do it.

Dear God, The stars are brightly shining.  Keep our eyes and hearts open to possibilities to bring you to the world.  Let us not be timid with our smiles, with our actions, with our chances to turn the world around.  Sweet hymns of joy we sing, O Night Divine, Amen.

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