He taught from the book of Daniel that evening and there were two people in the audience, his wife and daughter. He finished his talk, closed in prayer and we went home.
That’s when I knew what a prophet was.
It’s a lonely, terrible job and few are up to the task.
So maybe I can learn from Bethlehem, territory of Benjamin, smallest of the tribes of Israel. I can remember that it’s not about my grandeur, my intelligence or my significance — it’s about Jesus born in me, his starlight shining over and through me, his word being fulfilled through me. Why Bethlehem? Why me?
Because God works miracles in the small things.
Father, may your kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven…and help me be a kingdom builder, a love-brick maker, a grace-road paver in this, our true country.
In this dark season of terror and despair, to a people caught in the mire of the gloom on the brink of defeat God says:
He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
He will meet every need of everyone. He will reign in justice. Violence and oppression will be a thing of history. Forever and everlasting peace.
We could use that hope, too.
Hold on a minute while I take a deep breath. Has this been a busy fall/season/year for you? Are you ready to slow down? Do you, like me, have ideas of being intentional and focused on the real meaning of Christmas this year? Do you, like me, have those ideas every year, yet commitments and work and life and making merry seem to spin ever faster as Christmas morning approaches, leaving you breathless and a little empty? Well, this little blog of mine is where I slow down. I don’t blog to promote anything or make any money. I blog to remember why I write, who I am, and why taking time to breathe and sit in grace is absolutely life-saving. Let’s be saved from the swells of the season together. For the next few weeks, let’s quietly gaze upon this: Simply Jesus. That’s all that Christmas is: Jesus Christ with us. The promised messiah, the sign to the Jews ended up being the biggest surprise gift this whole world needed. All those years the …