The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”
We enter this Advent season in the midst of a world that is broken. Nothing is truly any different than it was back in Jesus’ time or even Martin Luther’s time. We have always been at war with one another. Tribe against Tribe. As we enter this Advent season though we are reminded once again of the promise that God has made to God’s people. The promise that Jeremiah speaks of is still valid today and if we look around us we can see glimpses of the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God, fulfilling the promise that God has made to us from the beginning of creation. It can be seen in this season of giving as we reach out to help our sisters and brothers in our own communities or in the greater global community. How can you be the hands and feet of Christ in our world today and during this festive season?
God, we ask that you stir up within us the desire to help our neighbors nearby and far away. As we enter this Advent season may we take time to reflect on your Word and be still in you. AMEN