Last night our daughter got home pretty late from work, and some of the family had already fallen asleep, so we decided to have our second Sunday of Advent tonight when our schedules matched up a little better. We re-lit our Prophecy candle from last week, as well as our Bethlehem candle for tonight. And we took turns reading from the following Scriptures:
“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.”
“Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.”
After this, our oldest daughter read an interesting story about Herod the Great from the Herodian family. All of the stories from “The Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader” are very interesting and sometimes quite entertaining. We have been reading them for years and have never tired of them. You’ll have to order your own to see what I mean.
After this story, we listened to another piece from “Handel’s Messiah”. The words were, “But who may abide the Day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner’s fire.” – Taken from Malachi 3:2 – He’s coming for His Bride, a pure Bride and we need to make ourselves ready for His return. Malachi 4:2 says,
“But for you who fear My name,
the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings;
and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.”
Do you ever find it hard to line the schedules of your family members up just right? It especially gets hard as your kids grow up and start driving and getting jobs and going off to college. But I look forward to the day when they find the ones they will spend the rest of their lives with and come back home with grandchildren during the holidays to celebrate Jesus Christ with a whole new generation of little ones. What a beautiful thing to dream of!
Thank you for stopping by. I pray your Christmas days are going well as you prepare to celebrate the day of Jesus’ birth. Blessings to you and your family,