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. Micah 5:2
For four hundred years, the voice of God was silent......The Holy Spirit stirred no prophet. No one came forth. Israel waited. They waited for redemption, for hope. Rescue. But they didn't expect it the way it came, the way He came.
The light of the world
They knew the prophecies concerning the One who would come.....they studied Isaiah, Micah and all the rest even from birth, and yet when He came, exactly as it was prophesied, many missed him.
Jesus, our hope......the hope of the Gentiles and the Jews, the hope of the whole world.
His heart breaks even now, when He remembers how many missed Him then, and how many will continue to miss him now. For He is not willing that any should perish.
The fact that I have not missed Him is proof of His great mercy. I ask myself why? But then I remember that His mercy extents to everyone. He holds this invitation out to the whole world.......still.
This alone is reason enough reason to live thankfulness in my heart every moment. One lifetime does not hold enough time for the amount of gratitude He deserves, so I am glad He has given me all eternity to thank Him....
Along with the angels.
For now, I will continue my list of small miracles in the every day: #754-764
For the joy that still flows as I decorate this year, even through the difficulties and challenges. The Spirit still flows and circumstances can't stop it.....Halleluiah.
The silly moments of laughter with a best friend who is silly along with me, as we join in spontaneous song driving down the road.
The evening fires, and being to eat outside once again....
The incredible sunrise this morning.
The glided pages of my favorite old Bible, "big red" I call it. I had thought the gold had all worn off the pages, but as the light hit it this morning, it caught the edge of the pages and I discovered it was still there.
Small escapes, little vacations in the midst of chaos that bring back a bit of sanity.
And a big surprise last night. Elaine's Mom joining me in decorating the Christmas tree, the first normal thing she has done in a very long time, and the first time she has decorated a tree in about 20 years.....
Cloud covered Superstitions......(see photo blog today, here)
Birdsong cutting through the chill of the morning.
Cold weather in Arizona......that makes it feel more like Christmas!
photo credit: google images