Scripture Reading: Micah 5:2-5, Micah 7:1-13; Matthew 10:1-20

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    are only a small village among all the people of Judah.
Yet a ruler of Israel,
    whose origins are in the distant past,
    will come from you on my behalf.

Micah, the prophet

We are getting closer to Bethlehem, but before we arrive let’s get up close and personal to the prophet that foretold Jesus’s birth. Micah, one of the first of the minor prophets, an instrument of God, warned his countrymen of doom. Today his words still ring true; another time, another place but the same story. Jesus quoted Micah as he warned his disciples of their likely treatment because of association. ( Matthew 10:11).

Anytime I read the words of the prophet old, thankfully each prediction leads to words of comfort, and today I cling to the following:

“As for me, I look to the Lord for help.
    I wait confidently for God to save me,
    and my God will certainly hear me.” ( Micah 7:7)

Every Advent journey needs a little Elvis. RIGHT? Enjoy this beautiful rendition of “Oh little town of Bethlehem” during your time of reflection.