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Minister's minute: The season of Advent

For so many problems in our lives there are no simple answers
What does this time of year, with the singing of angels and the birth of a baby, tell us about how we are God’s priority? Happy Advent.

Psalm 130:5 (NIV): “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.”

We are in the season of Advent now in the Christian calendar, the four weeks leading up to Christmas.

The word ‘advent’ means ‘arrival’ or ‘coming.’ For followers of Jesus the Advent season is about the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, the hope of the world.

When we look at what’s happening in the world today, it would be natural to feel hopeless. Every day we see news of the wars between Israel and Palestine, and Russia and Ukraine. Closer to home we are experiencing a housing crisis, and the rising costs of pretty

much everything. Many are wondering how they are going to make ends meet.

We are also seeing an increase in mental health issues in the last few years. It would be easy to conclude that there is no hope, but in fact, there is.

For so many problems in our lives there are no simple answers, except to wait in anticipation that God is still good, that He is still sovereign, and He is still, above all, a delivering God. The only thing we can do is trust God and do the next right thing.

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.