“May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”
Gracious God, as we continue to focus on the hope of the coming of Jesus into our world, we remember that yesterday we brought before You those oppressed by the burden of increased financial worries as a result of the pandemic, those still fighting for justice and human rights regardless of race or social disposition, those grieving or in need of healing, and those unaware of Your Love for them. This morning we realise that for many in our communities, hope has dimmed with the potential loss of more jobs in the retail industry, on the back of those already struggling in the hospitality trade who may not be able to open their doors this Christmas. Lord God, we realise that loss of employment brings with it anxiety, insecurity and a lack of well-being. God of Hope, we lift all those affected before You this morning. We pray that those in positions of power and authority will do whatever they can to sustain the financial needs of others. Lord God, as we reflect upon the example of Jesus, who sought to help people in very practical ways, help us to unite to do whatever we can to support those in need; donating regularly to our Foodbanks, supplying charities with clothes we may have discarded that would bring warmth to another, giving what monetary aid we can afford to charities for the homeless, offering a take-out hot meal and drink to the person on the street, being mindful of our immediate neighbours who may be in need of a conversation over the garden wall. Lord, we pray that You will give us the energy, the courage and the conviction to reach out and bring Hope into the lives of others, this Advent, so that those in need will know that they are valued, and will feel touched by the power and the presence of Your love for them. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.