12.3 Advent Devotional
O Little Town of Bethlehem
O little town of Bethlehem,
how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
the everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years
are met in thee tonight.
Scripture - Isaiah 40:6-8
6 A voice says, “Cry out!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All people are grass,
their constancy is like the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers, the flower fades,
when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our God will stand forever.
Devotion - God's Word is Eternal
We all love the Christmas season don’t we? Our traditions include sending cards to old friends and family; watching our children and grandchildren make Christmas wish lists or write letters to Santa; greeting one another using the words, “Merry Christmas!” ; enjoying the singing of the familiar words to Christmas carols; hearing the reading of the Luke birth story. In all these activities words are essential elements of communicating our Christmas joy. Words are so important to our lives at Christmas or any other time.
Our Isaiah scripture reminds us that our earthly lives are limited -- we like flowers will fade and die. But God’s word is eternal. From God’s written word, in the form of scripture, we are minded of God’s love and faithfulness. In God’s living Word, Jesus, we see through his birth, life, ministry death, and resurrection, God’s love revealed to us.
“Merry Christmas” -- Christ has come to be with us. God’s living word in Christ endures forever -- in that we put our hope and faith.
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring performed by Hudson Youth and composed by J.S. Bach, arr. John Dempsey