Hope fulfilled: approaching Advent
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
(This devotional is taken from the October 2021 issue of our Lifted magazine)
As we enter the home stretch of 2021, our minds may begin to look ahead to the year’s end. Though the days grow shorter, we know light can still be found in this time. In a few weeks, all across the world, people will celebrate the birth of our King Jesus. In the season of Adent, we remember with gratitude and honour our Emmanuel, who chose to live with us.
This time of year brings with it a sense of waiting, of expectation, and of hope that things will be different. As the Church approaches Advent, we are reminded of the greatest countdown in history: the desperate longing to see the light promised to those who dwell in darkness, and the King who will make every wrong thing right. Across the world, people like you and me will be entering a time of reflection, looking back on all that 2021 held and daring to hope for all that 2022 may bring.
This year, more than ever, after the turbulence of a global pandemic, I remind myself that the longing and anticipation for hope fulfilled is not in vain. God fulfilled his promises to his people, as he always does. And so Jesus, the light, stepped into our darkness, our mess, our pain, forever declaring to humanity ‘you will not walk alone’.
For many, the pandemic put parts of life on hold. In this season of hoping for better things to come, we may feel like those people who wondered when the hoped-for Messiah would arrive. Yet we know that God is here with us. He came just as he said he would and is with us now. Even now he is doing what he does best: stepping into brokenness, pain and darkness, to restore, redeem, heal and transform. As we set our hope on all that is to come, may we know the light that has shone in the darkness, and may we witness him do it again.
Will you join me in praying for his light to break through across our nation today?