2017: Advent Faith #4


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Micah 5:1-5a  (NIV UK)

1 Marshal your troops now, city of troops,
            for a siege is laid against us.
      They will strike Israel’s ruler
            on the cheek with a rod.
2 ‘But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
            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.’
3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned
            until the time when she who is in labour bears a son,
      and the rest of his brothers return
            to join the Israelites.
4 He will stand and shepherd his flock
            in the strength of the Lord,
            in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
      And they will live securely, for then his greatness
            will reach to the ends of the earth.
5 And he will be our peace
            when the Assyrians invade our land
            and march through our fortresses.

Reflection

In those dark moments when we wonder if anyone cares, or if we matter to anyone, a feeling that crushes us and weighs us down … an emotional dead weight on our soul … in those moments of emotional confusion … when the outlook is bleak … the faith of the Church rings across the centuries, sending a message of confidence and hope into the very fibres of our soul: ‘a mother may forget her child’ (Isaiah 49:15), but God will never reject us, or forget how important we are to him.

Prayer

Bethlehem today is a bustling town full of issues and hurts, pressure points and broken dreams. Lord, comfort your children there, and in all the other Bethlehems, wherever the divide between possibility and reality is so painfully obvious.

 

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