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How silently…



We are surrounded by it.

So easily at our fingertips.

We say we want to be less busy, less hectic.

But then what would we do with that time?

It’s that time of year where schedules seem even fuller and every conversation is smattered with talk of who is doing what, and when, and what still has to be done.

We now live in a world where you can find out in seconds what the latest news is. In our town and around the world.

Lest we forget, the greatest News didn’t come by newscast. Wasn’t printed in the morning paper, or posted on popular blogs.

The greatest News came quietly.
No fanfare, minus the choir concert for a few lonely shepherds.

No doubt Bethlehem was abustle with people (no room in the Inn!) and many were talking about where they had to be (Census!) and what still had to be done (prepare for Sabbath!). They missed the great News that night, too. Consumed in their own worlds, unaware that the God that created the universe was right there in that city with them.

Where are you in this? Are you living like the Good News is right here with you? Or are you like the people of Jerusalem, caught up in the busyness of life?

I love these words of reminder from the Christmas song, “Babe of Bethlehem”

How silently, how silently!

The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His Heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will
Receive Him still
The dear Christ enters in.

What can you do during this Advent season to slow down and relish in the fact that the Good News is here with you right now?

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