Saturday, December 4, 2021

Daily Devotion: O Little Town Of Bethlehem

Bible Reading:  Micah 5:1-7

Key Verse: Verse 2 - “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

Key Words: But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah

Warren Wiersbe says of Phillip Brooks, “He was a man of high values and with much influence.”

Phillip Brooks (1835-1893) was an excellent preacher and was known as an American patriot.

It was in 1865 that Brooks traveled to the Holy Lands. On December 24th he made his way on horseback from Jerusalem to Bethlehem where he attended a five-hour Christmas musical praise celebration at the Church of the Nativity -- just a short distance from the hillside

where the shepherds heard the very first Christmas song.

At Christmastime three years later, recalling that magical night in Bethlehem, Phillip wrote a song for the children's choir of his church. His organist put melody to his words and on Christmas Eve, 1868, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” was sung for the very first time. 

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee to-night.

O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth!
And praises sing to God the King,
And peace to men on earth.
For Christ is born of Mary,
And gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love.

What to do:

✞ List all your reasons today for praising God.

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