Sunday, December 17

Micah 5:2-5a (NRSV)

But 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. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has brought forth; then the rest of his kindred shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth; and he shall be the one of peace.

The name Bethlehem is very interesting. “Beth” means “house” in Hebrew. “Lehem” means bread. Bethlehem means “House of Bread.”

Consider Jesus’ words, “I am the bread of life,” or “This is my body, take and eat.” 

Even the place of Jesus’ birth is significant. His coming was foretold for many, many years. His arrival was deliberately timed and placed.

Imagine yourself entering a home filled with the scent of baking bread, cookies, or fudge. It would be a warm and welcoming home, and you certainly would love to taste some of the sweet treats!

Jesus is sweeter. He comes from a House of Bread, but the sweetness of Jesus is the best bread by far!

Pray: You're warm. You’re house is filled with love and treats. 
Thank you for offering one to us. Amen