“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.” 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.
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.
In these verses we learn that God chose Bethlehem Ephrathah, a small, unimportant clan, to give the gift of His son to the world. I remember many other examples in scripture when God uplifts the lowly and unlikely to accomplish His divine purpose. Through the coming of our shepherd and savior, we will live securely in His greatness. This is a promise of the Advent season and brings me both comfort and peace.
Gracious God, during this season of cherished traditions, let me be open to whatever unexpected gifts you have planned! Amen