With the second Sunday in Advent we light the candle of Faith, or the Bethlehem Candle. Why? Because the prophet Micah had foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, the birthplace of King David.
In ancient times, Bethlehem was a backwater, nowhere town; it was a place no one visited. So to become known as the birthplace of the Messiah, even though prophesied by the prophets, was a long forgotten history.
So often do amazing people come from insignificant places. There is a small town in Western Massachusetts, Ashfield, nestled in the rolling hills of the Berkshire Mountains. Who would have guessed that one of the greatest film makers of the twentieth century would have come from there— Cecil B. DeMille?!?
So many of us have also come from insignificant, inconsequential places; we have lived unimportant lives. Or have we? If we have been called to Christ for His glory we are hardly insignificant. We may feel we have little if anything to bring to the Table; but that is far from the case. At the least we have been granted Faith; and Faith is no small matter. Believing in someone who is not fully revealed is a great honour; acting in compliance with the words of a book written 2,000 – 3,000 years ago and affirming that it is accurate is an act of submission and strength. Blessings upon you.
Like our Lord Jesus, we have been sent into a world of turmoil, death, slander, and grief. So, like our Lord, may we, this Christmastide, bring faith, and offer faith to those who have no Christian understanding.
This second candle in Advent is not one that is comfortable being muffled under a basket.
Hold forth faith,
Dr. Gary Davis, President
NEXT TIME~ An ADVENT of JOY!