From our Old Testament reading: ‘The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”’

‘He will come and save you’ – the abundant hope of this passage calls out to us this Advent, in whatever challenges may have come our way … so, Isaiah tells us, ‘Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees’! And Job tells us: ‘For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. Though its root grow old in the earth, and its stump die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth branches like a young plant’.

May Advent hope reach deep into your heart, as well as unfailing trust in the God who loves us, and may He bless you this day.