For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
I love early morning walks. In the quietness of the early morning I find it easier to be silent and just listen. It is in listening and trusting that I find strength. God often speaks to us in quietness, in a “still, small voice.” Maybe one of the quietest times he spoke was on the night Jesus was born. Sure there was a glorious angel chorus but it was heard by only a few shepherds outside a small village. There was no fanfare as their would have been for earthly kings or wealthy people of power. Only these shepherds and Mary and Joseph knew that Jesus has slipped silently into this world. The words of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Philip Brooks remind us that Jesus still comes silently into the hears of those who quietly and humbly accept him.
How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven.
No ear my hear his coming but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.
Willingly and quietly open your heart to Jesus today and you will find the blessings of heaven.
Make us willing to return to you, to open our hearts, and find strength in quietly trusting you.
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