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December 15th Advent Devotional

December 15th by Paul Nuckolls


But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me. One who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.


Micah 5:2


The Hope of Bethlehem

By Paul T. Nuckolls


O the Hope of Bethlehem

The ancient prophet foretold.

A place of our redemption,

Providing warmth to the cold.


In this small Judean town

The prophecy was fulfilled.

The promise from long ago

Was quietly revealed.


Just like in Micah’s era,

There is violence and disease,

With conflict and dissension

Keeping our days far from peace.


It is easy to lose hope

When dark thoughts shade the light,

But know there is Bethlehem,

And our Savior is in sight.


Do you feel like Bethlehem,

Insignificant and tiny?

Rest assured God is with you,

And to God you are mighty.


What will be your Bethlehem,

Bringing hope amidst despair?

What will be your advent song

To inspire as you prepare?


Be a hopeful child of God,

Look for new possibilities.

Wonder at the birth of Christ,

And what it means for you and me.


Fruitful birthplace of Jesus,

Forever in our hearts,

Bethlehem, Bethlehem

Offering us a new start.

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