Trinity's Advent Calendar - December 16
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Ian Hamilton

One of the blessings in pursuit of my Seminary degree, has been the rich time I am afforded each week to read, reflect and write on what I am learning about in school.  In this life-giving season of study, there have been many clear, prophetic voices at work deep in my soul. 
And it is a good thing too.  Recently, as I surveyed the landscape of the past few years in anticipation of the coming new year, I found myself being tempted to feel uncertain and concerned about the future of our nation and our global community.  Fortunately, God countered these doubts by providing a way of hope and peace through his word.  In silence I prayed to him about my troubled spirit and listened in my heart – and then waited.  During the next few days, the Lord led me to the prophetic words of pastor/theologian Eugene Peterson who once wrote that God “never promised that faith would be easy or popular, only that it would be whole and eternal.”  Again I sat in silence, considering these words.  In time, it was as though God told me that my faith – our faith - could be found, whole and eternal, because wholeness and eternality are ways to describe who God is.  Doubts flee and hopes rise, when God is front and center in our hearts where he belongs.
Encouraged by God’s still small voice within, I turned to the Scriptures for clarity, vision and encouragement.  It is there, in the power and beauty of his word, that God spoke to me and invited me – inviting us - to say with the Psalmist “ … my eyes are turned toward you, O God, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; do not leave me defenseless.” (Psalm 141:8)
While we wait for his eventual and final coming, remember we have those who have gone before us to light our imagination and point us to what is true and sure.  More importantly though, we have God in Christ, by his Spirit, through the illumination of his word to “cheer and to guide – providing strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.”  Come o come Emmanuel -
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