Bible Reading: Isaiah 40:3-5
Author: Luis P. Hidalgo Ruiz (Araucania, Chile)
Friday 15 December 2017

My two-year-old grandson, Emilio, and I were watching for his mother to return from the university.

As on every evening, we stationed ourselves by the window that allowed us to see the gate to our home. When I saw her, I said to Emilio, ‘Your mother is here.’

With all the joy and excitement of a two-year-old, he shouted, ‘She’s here! She’s here!’ as he went to the door to greet her with hugs and kisses.

My experience with Emilio reminds me of the season of Advent, which is a season of waiting. The church awaits the coming of the Christ-child. The season of Advent invites us to prepare for his coming. The Anointed One came over 2,000 years ago, but each year we await his return.

Are we prepared to receive him? Do we, like Emilio, wait eagerly for the Beloved One to knock at our door? May the coming of the Lord find us prepared to receive him!

Prayer: God of all seasons, thank you for the blessing of a time to wait for your Son, our Lord and Saviour, in whose name we pray. Amen

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Fantastic! I’m so thrilled by God’s goodness that He has brought about such a wonderful way of communicating His love and Gospel to Deaf people. I’m convinced God will use it to His glory and that it will be an effective means of nurturing Deaf Christians for whom church and the Bible is often difficult. You can be assured of my prayers in asking our Father to use these means to reach Deaf people who would never dream of entering a church building. KS