Micah 5:2-4 NIV
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 bears a son,
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.
[callout]This post is part of the Advent 2014 Festival of Lessons and Carols series, intended to ground us in the story of Jesus in the midst of the season’s busyness. I invite you to spend a couple minutes each day in December here to fill your soul with these lessons and carols and prepare your heart for Jesus to enter in this season of Advent. Click here for the full index of Lessons and Carols in this series.[/callout]