Tuesday | December 4

Matthew 2:16-18 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”


On the night of Jesus’ birth, the heavenly hosts proclaim “Glory to God in the Highest! Peace on earth! Good will to men!” Yet in the midst of such great joy & expectation, Herod massacres innocent children. It is startling. This should make us ask: “What does it mean to proclaim ‘Peace on earth, good will to men’ in the very moment of horrible injustice?” In our own time, the massacre of children & the oppression of the vulnerable continues. We must learn to truly lament the brokenness while truly proclaiming the truth of the coming Kingdom.

Song: Run by The Brilliance

The Common Rule - Advent Edition! is a seasonal version of The Common Rule which provides a set of daily and seasonal practices for celebrating the King that has come and waiting for the King that will come again.
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