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Journey to Bethlehem Intro

Journey to Bethlehem

COVID.  Lost jobs. Food lines.  Wild swings in stock prices.  Schools online and in person.  Racial tension.  Sharp political division.  Record wildfires. So many hurricanes and tropical storms they ran out of names.

Such is the state of our world in early November.  Things are changing so fast, who knows what it will be like when this Journey to Bethlehem Advent devotional is published?  Or Christmas? Life seems to be spinning out of control.

But it’s not. 

Although our plans have been disrupted, God’s plan has not.  What is that plan?  In “the fullness of time to unite all things in him (Christ), things in heaven and things on earth.” (Ephesians 1:10)

It is interesting that the phrase, “the fullness of time” appears only twice in the Bible.  Besides the citation from Ephesians above, it is also used in reference to the birth of Jesus. “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman…” (Galatians 4:4).

Although the world seems out of control, God is still in charge.  God’s plans will not be derailed or defeated. They always happen in the fullness of time. Perhaps you can take comfort in that.  I do.

I also take comfort, joy actually, in our eighth edition of this Advent devotional.  If a person reads it faithfully, Advent will be richer, and Christmas will be more meaningful. 

Once again, our publisher, Bill Russell, has gathered an outstanding team of writers.  They are Joey Alge, Mikah Alge, Bill Barr, Henry Covert, Karen Henson, Luke Kunefke, Mary Grace Kunefke, Rita Lanham, Linda Lundquist, Dixie Mattingly, Bill Russell, Kathy Summers and me.

In this crazy time, we need to be anchored in God’s plan more than ever before.   You will find it in this Journey to Bethlehem.

Grace to you,

bob sig