Beer Advent Day 19: Unshadowed

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Brewery:  Ale Asylum

Location:  Madison, WI

Style: Hefeweizen  ABV: 6.0%

Info on beer/brewery:  Our second offering from Ale Asylum is brewed in the tradition of a German wheat ale.  Though it is December 19 the mild temps outside certainly give us the feel of the warmer days in which people normally drink wheat beers. Dominant hints of fruit and spice permeate tonight’s beer.

Cheers!

Advent Reflection:  Matthew 2:1-12  (reflection on verses 2-6)

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem,
2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;
4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'”
7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared.
8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”
9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

Tonight’s reading shows us that a little, insignificant town would play a major role in God’s story of redemption and salvation.  The long awaited Messiah would NOT come in extravagance and pomp.  He would come humbly.  To a little known town that is often overlooked.  I, along with the wise men, desire to worship THIS kind of King!  One who sees and values the small and seemingly insignificant.

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