But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
who are one of the little clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to rule in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labour has brought forth;
then the rest of his kindred shall return
to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth;
and he shall be the one of peace.
If the Assyrians come into our land
and tread upon our soil,
we will raise against them seven shepherds
and eight installed as rulers.
It’s OK to be Small by Mark
I don’t like crowds. This is mainly due to the fact that when you are in a crowd there are probably more strangers around you than you might normally experience. When you don’t know the people around you, it can make you feel out of synch, small, or disconnected. At least that is how I feel.
When God is speaking to the town of Bethlehem as a place that is ‘little among the thousands,’ that gives me some anxiety. What would that be like, to be little amongst thousands? Would you feel even more disconnected? But then I remember that this is the beginning of a story that will bring Christ to connect us all. We are all a part of God, and part of this story. We all know are connected because of the that small place. It’s OK to remember what our scale is, it is ok to remember to feel small sometimes – but do not let it overwhelm you. We are never too small or too disconnected with God. We are just the right size for where we are today. God’s body is infinite, and we are connected to the body through Christ’s birth. We are a flock, a pack, and part of the everlasting too. It’s ok to be small with a big God beside you. Feel what you need to this Advent season, and know you have a big God beside you.
Lord, I pray that I accept the small feelings. I pray that I can know that even when I am small, you and the body of your flock are right there beside me in those anxious, disconnected moments.