Scripture for Thursday after the Second Sunday in Advent

Luke 2:1-4 (ESV)

2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David.

Heavenly Father, we expect You to work through might and miracles, but often You work through the secular world. You planned for Jesus to be born in Bethlehem, and You used a secular governor to decree that everyone had to go to their ancestral homes to register for a tax. Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem to comply with the governor’s decree, and as result, Your plan was fulfilled and Jesus was born in the city of David. Thank You for Your wonderful plans. Help us to recognize Your hand in world and secular events. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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