Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for speaking to me during my bus rides downtown. The bus windows were completely fogged/misted over from the inside of the bus being air conditioned and outside warm and humid. It is interesting how water can just appear on windows illustrating how water is indeed part of the air we breathe. Thank you for the many ways water appears before us, as liquid, gas or solid, rain, snow, sleet, hail, steam, mist and dew. And thank you for the scripture for this morning’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:
1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judæa: for thus it is written by the prophet,
6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. (Matthew 2:1-6)
Micah was that prophet:
2 But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. (Micah 5:2)
Lord, it’s me again. I am here. I was anxious to be here this morning as I look forward to sitting with you. Now I would like to speak on behalf of Lindsey, your daughter who loves you. Just as with the wise men, she has seen the announcement of Jesus’s coming and looks forward to worshiping him, as do I. Today’s scripture also reminds us how his coming was not with a royal celebration in the capital city, but rather in a tiny town that scriptures refer to as “least”. Such humble beginning for the Savior, the Lord, the King. Lord, I ask that you help us both to remember this and to strive to remain humble in all circumstances, giving all the glory to you. The glory is all yours. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen
New Testament (Matthew 2:1-6 NIV):
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Old Testament (Micah 5:2 NIV):
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.”