Sara and I have books that we are reading or on our reading list on our bedroom tables and other places. From the picture above, you see my partial list, with the newest being Mrs. Obama’s, Becoming. I purchased it the day it came out and Sara grabbed it as soon as it was brought into the house!
Many of these books contain great stories of history, significant events, trials and challenges, and mystery and intrigue. I enjoy reading and need to devote more time to pleasure reading and learning from the stories contained in books.
The Bible is a collection of stories, too. It reveals God’s interaction and involvement in the human family. It, too, contains history; significant events; war and conquest; enjoyment of home in a new land and being exiled; poetry and wisdom; prophecies and revelations; birth and death; and crucifixion and resurrection.
As we read the many stories, we learn from those involved. We hear the messages being given, the warnings and the encouragements. We ought to be intrigued by the invitation to dive deeper into its pages and benefit from all that has been written.
During the Season of Advent, we are drawn to Nazareth and Bethlehem in Israel. We focus on Mary and Joseph; Elizabeth and Zachariah; Angels, Herod, Wise Men and shepherds. We see the mystery of an unusual star revealing that something spectacular had happened. The story will take us to one of the greatest mysteries of the world, a child being born who will be the Savior of the world.
Enjoy the stories of Advent and Christmas. Allow the Holy Spirit to restore the wonder of a night long ago in Bethlehem when a baby was born and the angels proclaimed the good news, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests (Luke 2.14).”Amen.