Advent II: A Long Journey

There’s no doubt that it’s a long, hard journey to the manger, and beyond it to the cross. Are we able to take the blindfold from our eyes, free ourselves from the distractions, and focus on the hope this season is dedicated to remembering?

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“Is Bethlehem Too Far Away?” by Carolyn Arends (I do not own the copyright to this song or its lyrics)

If we close our eyes, can we see the star?
Can we find our path in its light?
And if we are still, tell me, can we hear
The song of the angels tonight?

Can we find our way to the baby king?
Can we worship him now in the hay?
And can we believe he can change everything,
Or is Bethlehem too far away?

If we dream our dreams with our wisest hearts
Will we dream of peace on earth?
Will our lips proclaim glad tidings of
The Wonderful Counselor’s birth?

Can we find our way to the baby king?
Can we worship him now in the hay?
And can we believe he can change everything,
Or is Bethlehem too far away?

O, little town of Bethlehem,
How far it must have been
From heaven’s throne of glory
To your humble manger scene;
If God saw fit to travel there
Should not also we?

If we seek him we will find him in
The least expected place,
For his kingdom comes in the power and might
Of his sacrifice and grace.

Can we find our way to the baby king?
Can we worship him now in the hay?
And can we believe he can change everything,
Or is Bethlehem too far away?
Is Bethlehem too far away?

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