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Isaiah 9:6–7 (NRSVA)
6 For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His authority shall grow continually,
and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time onwards and for evermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
What do you hope for during Advent? The hope of so many during Advent is that Santa will bring them the ideal present or that Christmas dinner will be cooked on time and yet surely the true hope of Advent is a time when God’s kingdom as described by Isaiah becomes a reality in the lives of us all.
In the services of Advent
No one listens to what they sing
Of a child born in a manger
Who came to be their King
In the festivities of the season
No one has the time to pause
To reflect upon the Christ child
They’re too busy with Santa Claus
In the merriment of the celebration
No one stops to question why
We are stuffing ourselves with turkey
Followed by mince pie
In the noise of the parties
No one can hear the voice
Of the Angels singing “peace on earth”
As the heavenly hosts rejoice
In the busyness of Christmas
See them rush right by the stall
In which lies a little baby
Who came to redeem us all
So in this season of Advent
Let us pause to remember Him
Whose birth it is we celebrate
Whose praise it is we sing
Lord, as we journey through this season of hope let us hold on to the promises we find in scripture and look for your coming among us afresh and the establishment of your kingdom of justice and peace among all nations. Amen.