Advent 2020 #18: Holidays!!

We finally made it… and by we I mean teachers in NSW public schools. Higher School Certificate results come out today and some people will be glad, others sad… perhaps even mad.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s taught us there is no certainty. Just when Covid things in Sydney seemed under control, even yesterday there was a sudden emergence of cases… seemingly out of nowhere.

Nothing seems certain when cases can pop up anywhere, at anytime. It’s scary and everyone’s exhausted already (or am I just speaking for myself?) It brings to mind Luke 2 and the message from the angels to the shepherds:

Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy…

Don’t be afraid. Instead feel safe. The news is not bad. It’s good news… even joyful news.

It’s the sort of happy story at the end of a news program where a cat rescues a guinea-pig (or whatever animals). It’s news that makes you feel safe, good and full of joy.

It’s the very opposite of the news this year. This probably explains why I haven’t watched the news since about March. I watched it once a few weeks ago, but it did nothing to inspire me, so I turned it off again.

I’m sure we all long for some sustained good news.

We long for things to turn around for the better instead of for the worse. I keep thinking about Covid cases in the USA (where I have friends) and the UK (where I have a brother) and just keep praying for things to improve for them. Instead, it keeps getting worse… and then we get cases in NSW again…

Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy…

Why? Just getting all Pollyanna on us?

Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people

All the people around the globe, both near and far.

Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

The only positive news we’ve heard of late is surrounding the roll out of a vaccine. Of course, there’s been teething issues, but that’s to be expected. For the most part, things look good.

But take that feeling of good news and great joy about a vaccine… and times it by a trillion…

That’s how good and joyful we should be about the news of Jesus’ birth. That’s how safe the hands are that we’re in when it comes to Jesus. That’s how excited we should get at Christmas time.

Good news of great joy. That’s the news of Christmas (no matter what happens between now and then).

That’s the good news of God. It’s called the gospel. You can read about it in the good book.

Yours in spreading the news,

Alison

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