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Advent Reflection for December 7, 2021

Do you ever doubt God has a plan? For you? For the world?

About 700 years before Christ's birth, the prophet Micah foretold it (Micah 5:2-5).

That assures us that God does indeed have a plan - a plan beyond our imagination. He reveals those plans through His Word, through others, and when He speaks to us.

It also teaches us about waiting. Just as we are waiting for Jesus' return, people in Micah's time were awaiting the birth of Jesus but it didn't happen in their lifetime. Just because we don't see the evidence ourselves, doesn't mean it hasn't or won't come to pass.

We can count on His promises. His promise of peace. His promise that allows us to live in His strength. But most of all, His promise of love because God so loved the world He gave us Jesus.

Blessings for a Christmas season filled with peace and love through Jesus.

Micah 5:2-5

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 labor 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.

We will raise against them seven shepherds,

even eight commanders,

Written by Lorie Silverthorne


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