“When King Herod had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.  “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘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 be the shepherd of my people Israel.’”  (Mt 2:4-6)

The Christmas story reminds us that Jesus is for those who are weary; for people who are tired and worn out.  Bethlehem was filled with people who were oppressed by Romans and just trying to make ends meet.  It wasn’t a big important city. It was filled with people and families like you and me.  Jesus came for people who are weary and need encouragement and support. He came to bring them good news.  Later Jesus would say,  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle & humble in heart, & you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  (Mt 11:28-30)

Advent Prayer & Action _____________________________

In prayer, give Jesus your burdens today and ask Him for fresh grace and joy for today.

Pray for those around you who are weary today.

How can you and your home help each other with the wearing challenges or demands each of you is facing?

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