This week we lit the second candle on our Advent wreath as we continue to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Christ child.
The second candle, often called the "Bethlehem Candle", is many times said to represent faith or love. It reminds of the dangerous and difficult journey that Mary and Joseph undertook to reach the city of David.
Though it was Caesar who called for the census that led to the journey, the fact that the Messiah would be born in this "little town" had been prophesied many years before by the Old Testament prophet Micah.
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will rule over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times." (Micah 5:2)
Just as Mary and Joseph took a journey during this season, so should we. We must each journey toward the manger to worship the baby. We must each also remember that God is with us on the journey. Each step you take, you take with God watching over you. Each decision you make is made with God at your side.
Deuteronomy 31:8 says "the Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged"
Pastor Scott McDermid