Advent Thought for Sunday 13th December

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

Luke 1: 32 – 33

Rev Dr Caroline Lockerbie is a Minister of the Church of Scotland, now living in Vernon BC Canada. Caroline recently became a member of our congregation remotely and contributes to our Thought for the Day.

Wait for it!… Ah the familiar tone of the mobile phone alerting you to the incoming message from Granton Church.  Your day has begun! 

Now, think of me writing from western Canada where there is an 8 hour time difference.  That same familiar and much appreciated alert arrives here just before midnight.  At first it was jarring, often waking me from early slumber.  But now it is one of the most comforting sounds in my day.  Even if I don’t read the message, just knowing that it exists is a profound comfort.  You see, I know from that tone that a new day has dawned in Scotland.  The world has not ended and I can rest easy through another night of this chaotic, frightening, senseless and unconnected time.

It was during such a time that God came with the promise to Mary, a promise of a child to take the throne, a throne that will point to peace and stability, a throne that will bring security to God’s world forever. I have always loved this passage.  It speaks to me of God’s majesty, God’s care for creation and God’s permanence, all couched in human images to which we can relate. David and Jacob had their moments, but through their stories they became for us real characters wondering about God as they responded to their calls to leadership. Mary trusted those images when God called her.

All of us are part of God’s promise to bless the world and provide for the ‘kingdom that will have no end’. Every night I am reminded of that promise when I hear my mobile phone tone and know that as Edinburgh lives so does God’s world. Every night there is hope and on this Second Sunday of Advent that hope is of peace.

Prayer: God, we pray that through their stories we might hear the ancients of scripture shouting to us our Creator’s words of hope. We pray that we can hear those same words of hope through the love and actions of our friends and neighbours.  We pray for patience, comfort and peace as we walk through these dark days of winter and the even darker days of pandemic.

Action: Listen for the sounds of promise that God is sending you.  Be an instrument of hope for the people around you.  You can do this!  Granton gives me hope each evening through something as simple as a ring tone.  You, with your own simple acts, will be the hope our world needs to know that the kingdom has not ended and that God’s promise is totally trustworthy.

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