The scripture reading for today is:
Jacob’s Dream at Bethel
10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
Sometimes we are in the place of God’s House and presence without realizing it. Then when we aware, how awesome it is!
Today’s enjoyment: Gingerbread Cake
link. Bethel meant house of God, Bethlehem meant house of bread. Jesus is the Bread of Heaven that came down… and maybe it is a stretch, but isn’t gingerbread a heavenly tasting bread? You can enjoy the taste of the season and contemplate what Jesus meant when He told us He was the bread of heaven.
Last years Gingerbread advent surprise
or make your own gingerbread house; don’t know how? a kit for you:
Wonderful Make-it-yourself directions for candy cane gingerbread house.