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Day 8 | Advent Devotional

December 8, 2018 0 Share

Sacrifice | Saturday, December 8
Scripture: Micah 5:2

“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.”

Song: “The Cross and The Cradle”
Words and Music by Phillip Brooks, L. H. Redner, and Stuart Townsend; arr. Brandon Muchow

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

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 met in thee tonight

Behold the Man upon a cross
How silently how silently
My sin upon His shoulders
The wondrous gift is given
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
So God imparts to human hearts
Call out among the scoffers
The blessings of His heaven
It was my sin that held Him there
No ear may hear His coming
Until it was accomplished
But in this world of sin
His dying breath has brought me life
Where meek souls will receive Him still
I know that it is finished
The dear Christ enters in

I will not boast in anything
O holy Child of Bethlehem
No gifts no pow’r no wisdom
Descend to us we pray
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
Cast out our sin and enter in
His death and resurrection
Be born in us today
Why should I gain from His reward?
We hear the Christmas angels
I cannot give an answer
The great glad tidings tell
But this I know with all my heart
O come to us abide with us
His wounds have paid my ransom
Our Lord Emmanuel

Silence for Reflection

Journal Reflections:
•   How does the fusion of a well-known Christmas carol with a contemporary Easter hymn help you discover something new among the familiar?
•   As you read the lyrics or listen to the song, which pairings stand out to you the most? Why?
•   “O Little Town Of Bethlehem” contains the line, “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” How do you think hopes and fears are joined together in the birth of Jesus?

Prayer for the Day (from the persecuted Church in China):
Help each one of us, gracious Father, to live in such kindness and restraint that the Head of the Church may never have cause to say to anyone one of us, “This is my body, broken by you.” Amen.

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