Burngreave Messenger

Issue 27 December 2002

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Advent Message
by Pastor Des Rafferty
The Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Andover Street, Burngreave

All I want for Advent is… Hope

At a time when many churches and pulpits proclaim peace and goodwill our world seems to be headed in the opposite direction. The threat of possible terror attack, danger of another war in the Gulf, and fear of a fire in the home, all of these conjure feelings of uncertainty which mature and leave a legacy of distress and depression.

Towering above the conflicts of our age is the message of hope that ‘Advent’ brings. At the time of his first arrival on earth an angelic chorus heralded the birth of Jesus.

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and goodwill to all men.”

Heaven’s desire, for our world, is that our attention be so fixed on giving glory to God that human conflicts will be turned into peace and goodwill for all humanity. This isn’t ‘pie in the sky’ talk. It is heaven’s prayer for our world and is achievable in every life. It starts with the decision to share happiness with a neighbour, whether they deserve it or not. It is amazing how an acorn or kindness can mature into an oak tree of friendship.

To quote George Mason: “To love people, to be indispensable somewhere, that is the purpose of life. That is the secret of happiness.”

So how will you spend this Advent time? Why not make this Advent the beginning of the rest of your life.

A happy, hopeful and peaceful Advent to you all.

 

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