To Bethlehem & Beyond is a devotional experience along six Paths, like a maze or labyrinth. Advent helps Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. The Season provides a particular time for people to receive Christ as the True-North marker for their life journey. During Advent, Christians are encouraged to live in preparation for the Messiah's return—Jesus Christ—to the world. Indeed, Advent is a Journey to Bethlehem and beyond.
The Word@Hand Journey To Bethlehem and Beyond begins with The Path to Hope. Hope guides those who follow God to look for signs of what God is doing among us now. From hope, we invite you to travel The Path of Peace. Here readers can orient themselves around the pursuit of peace, understood as safety and security; health and wholeness (shalom); tranquility, repose, and prosperity (eirene); and harmony and freedom from distress (peace).
The Path of Love is the next course of the Journey. Attending to the love of God, the light of the world, we meet biblical witnesses who help us know the embodiment of God's love for all creation—a love that is deep and rich and true. From there, you are encouraged to take The Path of Joy. Humanity seems to chase happiness without much satisfaction. Preparing for Jesus's presence in our lives prompts us to discover what our hearts were longing for all along—the real joy of Christmas, Jesus Christ.
These and more Paths lead us on the To Bethlehem and Beyond Journey, where we can discover or renew our experience of God's essential nature, love.
Join us on this Word@Hand Journey as we wait for the fulfillment of God's promise to be revealed once again so that we, too, may more fully become children of God.
To Bethlehem & Beyond presents an Advent Journey along six Paths:
- The Path of Hope
- The Path of Peace
- The Path of Love
- The Path of Joy
- The Promise Fulfilled
- Becoming Children of God
Each Path has seven Steps. You are encouraged to take one step daily. Each Step involves four features:
- Read a Bible passage.
- Think about what you’ve read.
- Pray about the insights you’ve gained.
- Take up a daily act to embody your beliefs and express your understandings.
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