For the final Sunday of this year’s Advent season, my benediction looks toward the tiny town of Bethlehem for the momentous event that changed everything for history and for you and me…
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Bethlehem Benediction [Micah 5:2-5]
Out of tiny Bethlehem came the Brightest Morning Star,
the Glory of God,
The Son, our Savior.
Out of tiny Bethlehem came the Shepherd of our flock,
He stands in the strength of the Lord,
He stands in the majesty of the name of God.
He is our salvation and security.
Be blessed in the majestic name of Jesus,
Son of God,
Holy One of Israel,
Your Salvation and Strength.
Be a blessing to others though you may feel as tiny as Bethlehem.
Show the Love of Jesus.
Live as the Son lived.
Help others find the Shepherd, The Holy One, Their Salvation and Strength.
May the blessing be birthed in you.
O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie;
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, The silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting light;
The hopes and fears of all the years, Are in thee tonight.
Phillips Brooks/Lewis Redner