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Advent Reflection 1: Waiting for Jesus 

Isaiah 9:1-7: To us a Child is Born

1 - Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress.  In the past he humbled the land of Zubulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honour Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan. 2 – The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. 3 – You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as a people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder. 4 – For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. 6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 – Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.  He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever.  The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. (New International Version)

At this time of Advent, when it is a time of reflection and thinking about the birth of Jesus, for some of us it a lonely, expensive, painful time.  Where extended families are living in different parts of the Country, where the family is broken up.  In the above scripture in verse 6, it states that Jesus, who was coming to earth, as a baby, would be called Prince of Peace.

In Isaiah 54:10 – it states: though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of PEACE be removed.
Some of the meanings of covenant, as explained in the dictionary are: an agreement, contract, promise and understanding.

This means we can have this peace in our hearts, no matter what we are going through, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, He will always give us His peace.  So, as we think about Advent and the celebration of Jesus being born into this world, we can ask for this amazing peace from Jesus, the son of the Father.

If you would find it helpful to pray, here is a prayer:
“Heavenly Father, it states in the Bible that your son was called Prince of Peace.  Because of this, I ask Jesus to come and live in my heart and give me His peace.  In the name of Jesus I ask this, Amen”

Virginia Grant, 24/11/2016