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12.14 Advent Devotional

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

It came upon the midnight clear,
that glorious song of old,
from angels bending near the earth,
to touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, good will to all,
from heaven’s all-gracious King”:
the world in solemn stillness lay,
to hear the angels sing.

Scripture - Micah 4:1-4

In days to come
    the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
    and shall be raised up above the hills.
Peoples shall stream to it,
2     and many nations shall come and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
    and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
    and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
3 He shall judge between many peoples,
    and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
    and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
    neither shall they learn war any more;
4 but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees,
    and no one shall make them afraid;
    for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.

Devotion - "The best is yet to come"

“The best is yet to come!”  So goes the 1959 song composed by Cy Coleman to lyrics by Carolyn Leigh.  A catchy and very popular tune sung by Frank Sinatra, this hit song hits on a central tenet of Christianity.  We’re on a journey, but we haven’t arrived yet.  Even midst the oftentimes heart-wrenching problems of life, blessings are nonetheless showered on us, blessings we’re often unconscious of.  But the Bible affirms that God has an even better future planned for God’s children.  It’s not just wishful thinking; it’s essential Bible truth.

“…No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”. (1 Corinthians 2:9)  Think back on your very best Christmas.  Remember the very best times you’ve ever had.  Know that God has plans for you that far surpass even these treasured moments.  Indeed, the best is yet to come!

Phil Hayden

He Shall Be the One of Peace, performed and music by Philip Hayden, text by Carolyn Winfrey

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Many of us find that an intentional practice is important as part of our Advent reflections and you may want to consider this one. The Hunger Action Team suggests you set aside one food item or a small amount of money each day to stock the Food Pantry at North Raleigh Ministries. Click here for more information.