Advent Devotional: The First Noel
[lyte id="mO0Dcjtmb6E" audio="true" /]The first Noel the angel did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay: In fields where they lay a keeping their sheep On a cold winter's night that was so deep. Noel Noel Noel Noel Born is the King of Israel.
They looked up and saw a star Shining in the east beyond them far: And to the earth it gave great light And so it continued both day and night. Noel Noel Noel Noel Born is the King of Israel.
And by the light of that same star Three wise men came from the country far; To seek for a King was their intent, And to follow the star wherever it went. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.
If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.
Luke 6: 20-21
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”
“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.”
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.”
One of the things that is most remarkable about the Christmas story is how it takes place in poverty. From the invitation to the poor, working class shepherds to the humble and lowly surroundings of the birth. God is doing one of the most remarkable things - the Incarnation - in a setting, and to a people, that seem so counter intuitive. God would have His Son born in to poverty and would invite the poor to come and see. His way is to bring dignity to those who don’t have it. To open up the banquet of His table to the least likely and wanted by this world.
HOLY SPIRIT helps us to give dignity to everyone we meet. Let us see people as you see them!