When I think of advent and the Christmas season, it's difficult for me to get past the fact that there are people in my community , people in your communities who will be celebrating the coming of our Lord with pangs of hunger in their bellies. Anticipating the arrival of their Lord as they anticipate the arrival of their next meal. God promises to provide us all our needs. Promises to walk with us in our afflictions. Promises to love and care for us because we are His children. So we are called by God to take off our garments of sorrow and affliction and rejoice that our God is a loving, merciful, gracious God who utmost desire Is to be in relationship with us. And that all our needs, be they clothing, our next meal, or something else will indeed be provided us, because we are loved.
Gracious Almighty Lord, help me to trust in you this day. Amen