Advent: week 2, Monday, Micah 5:2-4.
As you light the two Advent candles take time to reflect on the gift of God’s peace. The prayer for the lighting of the candles during the second week is: “God of power and mercy open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.” [Advent Resources]
Jesus’ coming has given us peace with God that cannot be undone. And God has purposed from the beginning to restore us to himself by his own plan and power. The prophecies of the Old Testament that are fulfilled in Christ’s coming give us confidence and peace that God is who he says he is and that God does what he says he will do.
And for those of us who are in Christ, our peace is doubly sure, because we not only have the peace of God with us right now, we have the peace that comes from knowing that nothing at all, not even death, can separate us from the love of God that is our in Christ Jesus our Lord.
“But you, Bethlehem, only a small village in Judah, yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from a distant past … And He will stand to lead His flock with the Lord’s strength … Then His people will live undisturbed, for He will be highly honored all around the world. And He will be the source of our peace.” (Micah 5:2, 4-5)
This is one of the most powerful messianic passages because Bethlehem is pinpointed as the birthplace of the Messiah. Written 750 years before Christ, Micah tells of the honor which will belong to Bethlehem. Christ’s deity and humanity are shown here — He is a shepherd, leading with the strength of God, bringing peace to His people. -Dr.Charles Stanley
The precision of God’s promises proclaimed and fulfilled inspire us continually to hope in God. The hope of Christians is not wishful thinking, but based on the historical facts of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection, and in the confidence of His eagerly anticipated return.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
I am the Prince of Peace. As I said to My disciples, I say also to you. Peace be with you. Since I am your constant Companion, My Peace is steadfastly with you. When you keep your focus on Me, you experience both My Presence and My Peace. Worship Me as King of kings, Lord of lords, and Prince of Peace. -Sarah Young, Jesus Calling
What is so beautiful about Mary is that she didn’t wait until everything was crystal clear to surrender herself to God. -Kay Warren
I love this craft- it is a nativity made from fingerprints. What a beautiful way to get little fingers right on the pulse of Advent.