Advent Week 4 Theme: Peace – When do we get to the Christmas story?

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Written By Jane Anderson

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Nght in Bethlemen 2012 k39I had no computer for two days and a misbehaving phone. I’m not sure I want to ditch technology as a long term solution to busyness, but having a phone that didn’t work right and a computer that perpetually fell asleep while I was using it – was – well, let’s say, an interesting experience. Let’s see …. where were we?
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve! If we were Mary and Joseph we would be traveling today. Maybe you’re traveling.  If you are, travel safely and whatever awaits you at your destination, I hope you find peace and joy.
The first thing I thought of today when I read the Advent scripture was , wait – what about the Christmas story?  The one that begins, and there were in the same country shepherds … then I settled down and realized, this is the Christmas story. God sent his son to be the light in a dark world. A special gift who had to leave the perfection of heaven to live in a chaotic world. God sent Jesus to the world with the message of hope, to bring joy, and deliverance. To all who believe in the true meaning of Christmas, who believe that Jesus is the reason for the season, eternal life with Jesus in heaven is guaranteed.  Shepherds abiding in the fields witnessed it firsthand, but the promise is forever.
Isaiah 9:2-7 (NIV)
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.  Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
How can it be this baby in my arms is the Son of God? Josephs’s Song, Michael Card

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