Before Jesus’ birth, the angels appeared to some shepherds on the hillside outside Bethlehem. They came announcing good news of peace and renewal – tidings of comfort and joy.
We asked 25 people to prepare a meditation for us to read and listen to every day through Advent. We are delighted to share their work with you.
God bless you as you read, listen and pray.
5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I shall not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honour depend on God[c];
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
How appropriate these verses are as we experience the life and times of Covid-19
A virus, invisible to the human eye yet has disrupted our lives and stirred up many emotions.
So how can the words of this Psalm help?
During these times of uncertainty, fear and anxiety, it is so easy to feel exhausted. Maybe not sleeping so well, maybe thinking worst case scenarios or juggling all the responsibilities of the current day, working from home or battling loneliness.
The Psalmist’s words provide us with assurance that we find true rest in God. While our bodies may be physically tired and worn down, God (and God alone!) fuels our hearts, giving us spiritual rest.
In Matthew 11:28-29, Jesus says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
We need a rock, a refuge. We often describe someone important in our life as “our rock.” We know we can count on them in the good and bad times.
Take heart; how much more is God our rock? Not only does He know us individually, He is our salvation – Jesus came, died, and rose again, so that we might live. If He has conquered death on our behalf we can rest assured that He will walk alongside us in all our trials, difficulties, disappointments, and similarly celebrate with us in times of joy!
As we journey through Advent towards the celebration of Jesus’ birth once again we can do so in the sure and certain knowledge we can trust Jesus , the Son of God, to be our place of refuge — our living hope