“The House of Bread”…
(Before you light the second candle, another one of the darker colored candles, relight the Prophecy Candle and repeat its name and significance, then light the Bethlehem Candle. You may even want to treat yourself to some delicious bread during this week’s devotions focusing on Bethlehem, the House of Bread…)
WEEK 2 INTRODUCTION
(Continue your sequence of having your personal and daily devotions by candle-light.)
As you light the Second Advent Candle, the Bethlehem Candle, we remember that God came to us in the form of a newborn baby in a specific time in history and in a specific place in this vast world. As we learn more about Jesus’ birth as a baby, let us also keep in mind all that Jesus left behind, to come and be with us. It is truly a miracle that Jesus, being one with God the Father, would be willing to leave His home in Heaven for the “soul” purpose of showing us the way back to heaven! Although Jesus was never truly separated from His Father in His Spirit because He is one in the Spirit with the Father, still Jesus must have missed the physical presence of His Father every day. Nevertheless, Jesus came down from Heaven in the smallest and meekest form of humanity—a newborn baby. This is a good time to sing, or at least read the words to O Little Town Of Bethlehem—a well-known Christmas Carol by the American Author, Phillip Brooks. By Marilyn Williams
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 was born of Mary; and gather’d all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wond’ring love.
O morning stars, together proclaim the Holy Birth!
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth.
How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is giv’n!
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.
O holy Child of Bethlehem! Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sins, 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!