Weekly Update - 4th December
Dear sisters and brothers
Psalm 27 begins, The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?, and ends with these words, Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
In many ways these two sentences sum up much of what Advent is about. It is a time when we remember to look towards, and put our trust in, the Light that has come into the world for our salvation; but also one in which we recognise that we are still waiting to see the fullness of that salvation in our lives, in the world and in history. We have, of course, got used to waiting over these last few months: waiting for the supermarket delivery; waiting for the next announcement from the Government; waiting for the time when we will be able to see and hug loved ones again. And now we are waiting, in anticipation and hope, for a vaccine to be rolled out. The vaccine has been described as light at the end of the tunnel and there’s talk of us all buckling down for one last effort at keeping the rules and being sensible to get us through this time of waiting.
The difference between Jesus the Light of the world whom we wait upon, and a light at the end of the tunnel, is that the better we become at waiting for the Lord the more we discover that the Light is already shining in us and with us. There is a day coming when all the brokenness of the world will be swept away and all will be well – but that day is not some far off promise. Rather it is close at hand; closer than we think. We do not have to wait for it in the sense of putting our heads down and getting through until it comes: rather we can live with the present hope and peace that it brings. So in this time of Advent I would encourage you to use the time wisely and to put ‘waiting on the Lord’ at the centre of each day. Spend some time in quiet, in prayer and in reading the scriptures. Remember the prophesies of the Old Testament, the good news stories of the Gospels and the promises of Christ’s coming again, and as you remember rejoice, give thanks and pray for the Light of the world to shine ever more brightly.
As always, if I can be of any help or support over the next few weeks, please don’t hesitate to ask. Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
With love from Sarah and myself,
Rev. Ian Aitken
52 Ashgrove Road West
Tel. 01224 686929
Aberdeen: Stockethill Church of Scotland
Scottish Charity Number - SC030587