Scripture: Matthew 1:22-23
Reflection: No one remembers a promise better than a child. “But you promised to come home early from work!” (But work went late.) “You promised I could stay up late!” (But it just isn’t a good night.) As adults, we cling to promises the world offers — promises that often leave us feeling empty and disappointed. Certainly there have been many broken promises this year! Promises of a long-awaited family trip (cancelled), promises of a joyful graduation ceremony (that moved online), promises of an uneventful doctor’s appointment (that turned into life changing news).
During Advent, we have the gift to reflect on the fulfilment of the prophecy from Isaiah- a promise fulfilled. “The virgin shall give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel.” This fulfilment — the promise of God WITH us — changes everything. God with us as we navigate through the broken promises of the year. God with us as we ache over the injustice in the world. God with us as we search for hope and joy this Advent season. As we search, we may get a glimpse of how God turns a broken worldly promise into something beautiful through Jesus. At the Weekday School, we teach every child that “Jesus lives in our hearts.” And while children may be the first to remind of our broken promises, they are often the first to show us God’s promise that He is always with us and always working in the world. Let us cling to that hope this season!
Prayer: God of Promise, help us to rest in the peace of your perfect promise above all else. Give us peace that you are with us, always, as we search for hope and joy this Advent. In Jesus name. Amen.
Author: Jan Scott Farmer, Godly Play Teacher
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[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].