Reading: Micah 5: 2-5a (Click to read text)
Reflection: It’s really close now. Tomorrow night is Christmas Eve. As we approach the next 36 hours or so, Micah calls us to humility. Micah tells a people in great distress that their “Shepherd-King” comes to them not from Jerusalem, the place of power and prestige, but Bethlehem, a little-known town in an out-of-the-way district. Or to put it in contemporary terms, we look not to Washington but to Swengel.
Salvation comes to Israel not in a warrior but a shepherd. Our salvation comes not in a warrior, or king, or president, or Wall Street, or bank-to-big-to fail, or ourselves … but in one who comes to serve-- “the one of peace.” May the humble Christ who emptied himself bless you deeply. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to the Camp Mount Luther Summer Staff
Closing Prayer: O Lord God, you know that we cannot place our trust in our own powers. As you sent and protected the infant Jesus, so defend us and the needy from harm and adversity.
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