Advent Devotional no. 2

Advent Devotional:

Scripture: Micah 5:2, ““But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans[b] 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.”

Bethlehem? Why there? Of all the great cities of the ancient world to have the Son of God be born, why Bethlehem? It could have been Rome? Jerusalem? Cairo? But Bethlehem? Out of this humble town the Savior of the world was born for that we as people are forever grateful. God chose to come in humility and live into servant hood. Nothing about Christ’s birth was glamorous: laid in a manger, born in a stable, no beds even for his mother or father, and the only people to see him that night were lowly shepherds. Jesus came to be the Savior to all people: the rich, the poor, the educated, the ignorant, the talented, and the trainwrecks all people are saved and loved by Jesus. This Advent season let’s remember that those irritate, annoy, drive us nuts, and those who we view aren’t worth our time are people who are loved, cherished, and saved by and only by Jesus Christ. What a great gift that is!

Questions:

1) Settling differences can be difficult, who are we at odds with in our life? How can we make peace with them?

2) Our prayer lives need to be filled with more humility, how can we reorient our lives to be more faithful in praying for others and for the will of God?