He will come!

Bible Reading: Read Isaiah 40:1-5
Author: Edson Alves (Minas Gerais, Brazil)
Sunday 16 December 2018 © The Upper Room.
The tiny church in which I grew up didn’t have a regular minister, so one had to come from another town. The travel was often precarious, and sometimes our visiting minister was unable to make the trip. Every month we waited, hoping that he would be able to come and preside over our Communion service, but we sometimes would go three months without his presence. I still remember the dedication of the brothers and sisters who prepared the table with the elements for Communion, not knowing if we would be able to celebrate the sacra- ment, since in our tradition a minister must serve it.

Just as my church prepared itself for that momentous celebration of the Christian faith, Advent reminds us of our waiting for the Son of God. Advent is a time to prepare the way of the Lord. The crooked roads shall become straight and the rough ways smooth. A child will be born! Something eternally significant will come to all the people and all will know the way to an abundant life.

Prayer: Gracious God, we open ourselves once again to welcome your blessed Son as our Saviour. In his name we pray. Amen
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I am deaf with C.I. - basic BSL, want to learn more. Go to Bridgwater and Weston Super Mare signing church. Have met Gill several times. I think this is a wonderful!! My kind friend Astrid sent me this from Bristol - she has cycled round the world in 2 years - a magical feat! I found life difficult when becoming deaf and decided to make it more `visible` by making BSL jewellery. I have sold some and donate to BSL bible translation, so it is lovely to have this and I will tell my friends about it. JN