Monday 11th December

Let me hear what the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts. Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. Psalm 85: 8-9

listen 2 adventGraham Kendrick is a well-known composer of modern worship music. Many will know  the song, “Shine, Jesus, shine” which has the line, “Shine, Jesus, shine, fill this land with the Father’s glory”.

I wonder whether we can imagine what it would be like to have the place where we live shining with the glory of God.  We often think of ourselves, as individuals, being people who might shine with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit but in the Old Testament the people of Israel thought in terms of a city, Jerusalem, shining out as a light among the nations.

It might seem a lost hope to imagine our neighborhood or our city radiating God’s light – but what if it did, what would that look like. How would people have to behave, how would each of us have to be? There is another song by a musician called Chris Tomlin. It is called “God of this city.” It has the line; “greater things are yet to come, and greater things are yet to be done in this city.” I find this profoundly hopeful.

Tapping into God’s plan, noticing where God is already at work, is a big part of our work as Christ’s body. Which greater things are you called to be a part of, in this place where you live?

Lord, help me to look beyond myself and those close to me. Let me notice where you are working quietly. Let me listen to where you are calling me. Give me grace and strength to be a part of what is yet to come in this place.