We are approaching the fourth Sunday of Advent, and as the song goes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with decorations galore. We hear from the prophet Micah this week, and we spend some time in Luke with Mary and Elizabeth. Our selections include: Micah 5:2-5a, Psalm 80:1-7, Hebrews 10:5-10, and Luke 1:39-45, (46-55).

Micah 5:2But 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.

In what city would Jesus be born today? New York? Paris? London? Memphis? Bethlehem had a population of only 800 to 1,000 at the time of his birth and was certainly no seat of power like Jerusalem. We are reminded yet again to expect the unexpected with God.

Creator God, use us, weaknesses and all, to serve you and your people. Amen.

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