Short Evening Devotion for December 16, 2019
A Season of Hope
The world is not as just, not as loving, not as whole as we know it can and should be. But the coming of Christ and his presence among us — as one of us — give us reason to live in hope: that light will shatter the darkness, that we can be liberated from our fears and prejudices, that we are never alone or abandoned.
Father God, as your pilgrim glimpses the castle far-off, his goal for the day's journey, I see the end of this day approach. I pray that you might find some good in the little I could do for you today, in my humility; and pray that I might find restful lodging this night, and that tomorrow you will bless my day's journey, that I might work ever better for your glory. Holy Christ, be my staff and my shoes, with me tonight and always, as I follow your path,
Micah 5:1-5 (ESV)
The Ruler to Be Born in Bethlehem
Now muster your troops, O city of troops;
siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike the judge of Israel
on the cheek.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth.
And he shall be their peace.
Most High, Glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my mind. Give me a right faith, a firm hope and a perfect charity, so that I may always and in all things act according to Your Holy Will.