FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT – DECEMBER 3, 2017
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 9: 6
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”
The prophet Isaiah shares with his readers that a savior (child) would be sent into the world. He further shares that the child would possess all authority in heaven and earth and he would carry burdens and governments on his shoulders. This speaks of no ordinary child, rather a Messiah, as Savior. This promise gives a troubled community hope in time of constant turmoil and uncertainty. This Advent, as we wait, as we anticipate the celebration of the birth of Jesus, we pray for a spirit of hopefulness for our families, our communities and our world. We hope and pray that others learn of the grace and love of God. We hope and pray that others learn that God loved humanity so much that God would send His only son to the world to offer hope, peace, joy and love. As we wait, as we anticipate, and as we hope, let us hope in the love of the one who is to come – “Come thou long expected Jesus”.
PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for providing humanity with the hope of love, life and salvation. It is because of this hope that we can stand on a firm foundation when the world seems so feeble. Amen.
Rev. Delmetria Cayson Combs, Kentucky Region, The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church