LIVING HOPE

ADVENT reflections

As we journey towards Christmas this year, we know that everything will be different. 
To help us on our pilgrimage, 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.

DECEMBER 10

ISAIAH 40:21-26

21 Do you not know?
    Were you not told long ago?
    Have you not heard how the world began?
22 It was made by the one who sits on his throne
    above the earth and beyond the sky;
    the people below look as tiny as ants.
He stretched out the sky like a curtain,
    like a tent in which to live.

23 He brings down powerful rulers
    and reduces them to nothing.
24 They are like young plants,
    just set out and barely rooted.
When the Lord sends a wind,
    they dry up and blow away like straw.

25 To whom can the holy God be compared?
Is there anyone else like him?
26 Look up at the sky!
Who created the stars you see?
The one who leads them out like an army,
he knows how many there are
and calls each one by name!
His power is so great—
not one of them is ever missing!

Reflection

Do you not know? Were you not told long ago?

I don’t know how long you’ve been a follower of Jesus. Perhaps all of your life, perhaps very recently. But I think that no matter how long we’ve been disciples we tend to forget the basics of who God is.

We allow the worries of this world to cloud our judgement of God and His power. Without getting too political, the past five years have been a strain on the world we live in. I’ve been joking with my friends that if we were born 25 years later there would be a very good chance that we’d be studying the period of history we’re currently living in for our GCSE History papers. The rise and fall of Trump. Brexit. The pandemic. Each seeming to be of significant historical importance and yet…

Do you not know? Were you not told long ago?

The very things we’re living through, the situations that lead to tense dinner table discussions and family squabbles, seem tiny to God. He’s seen it all before.

He brings down powerful rulers and reduces them to nothing.

Those we have placed in positions of power have no authority in the kingdom of heaven. For God sits on His throne above the earth and beyond the sky and has claim to all that is living in our world. There is no one else like Him, His power is beyond anything we can see in those who believe they hold positions of power.

Let us not forget that. Let us not forget that God created the universe, that He knows each star by name and sits above our world and its problems.

We can take comfort in the knowledge that our Father in Heaven outlasts all the problems of this world.