As each day brings us closer to His glorious coming, may each of us slowly breathe in the truth of His beautiful story. The smallness of each detail, yet the great magnitude of His birth.
God always seems to choose the little and the less than in His plans. Even this one.
The most extravagant yet simple of all time.
A small town.
A lowly manger.
A tiny, innocent baby boy.
Yet, King over all creation.
No grand parade but the holiest of hosts to sing His praises.
The brightest of stars to rest over where He laid.
And, yes, the most miraculous occurrence for all mankind to celebrate for all the ages.
This season of Advent, join me in looking for the simple in the season.
Recognizing things that might seem small.
Those who feel less than.
Left out. Lowly.
Noticing them and realizing that no matter how insignificant any one of us may feel, we are who He notices.
Who He loves and never leaves.
Who He came and lived to die for.
Yes, in God’s eyes small is big and less than is more.
A beautiful realization for a holiday that often seems “too everything“.
Simple peace given by a great and majestic Savior.
All we really need.
“But, you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites. He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And, they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be their peace.”
Holy Father, Thank you for using the unexpected and the small all throughout scripture to do great things. Remind us when our hearts and minds feel pulled to focus on the chaos this season can bring that focusing on you brings great peace. Draw us to those who are left out, alone and feeling less than. Allow us to love them as you do. May each of us be captivated by the simplicity of your ways, yet overwhelmed by the greatness of your Presence this Advent season. In the name of Christ we humbly pray. Amen.