“Everyone will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree”
During Advent many homes and churches display an evergreen wreath reminding us that this is the season of hope. (Indeed, God says through Hosea “I am like an evergreen cypress; from me comes your fruit”, a theme we explore next week).
Trevor Hudson, reflecting on Advent , reminds us that because Christ is in us we have “tasted God’s glorious future in the present (c.f. Col. 1:27). Advent challenges us to live in the present moment as agents of this future hope. We can begin to share this hope wherever we find despair and discouragement. We ask God to give us words that will bring light and hope to those who walk in darkness. We invite God to comfort the hurting through our own caring presence.“
To live as people of hope we need a picture of God’s future. Our worship Sunday (9th) gives us a delightful one to hold onto:
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.
Everyone will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree,
and no one will make them afraid (Mic. 4:3–4).