Thursday, December 24, 2009

House of Bread

Micah 5:2, "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."

בֵּֽית־לֶ֣חֶם or Bethlehem, literally means house of bread. While it may not have been all that influential during the days of Micah the prophet, this town will forever remain significant as the birthplace of the Messiah.

I will leave you with one final song as we cap off this advent season, 'O Little Town of Bethlehem.'


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

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth
Peace to men on earth

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born in us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel
Our Lord Emmanuel

O little town of Bethlehem
How still
O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel

Merry Christmas!

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