#Advent 10 signs of the Kingdom

It is the birthday of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights today. Born out of the horror of the second world war, we can say in truth of those who wrote it:

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9

As we spend time in Advent thinking about what it means to wait for God’s kingdom, it is a real encouragement to see how people are bringing it in. It is the now of the “now and not yet”.  Although there are many circumstances where the universal declaration of human rights is still ignored every day, it still stands as a beacon for people longing for God’s Kingdom. It might not be scripture, but it certainly lends itself to  love your neighbour as yourself:

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But speaking of scripture, both a reading in my daily prayers, and today’s 365 promise remind me of who it is we put our hope in, and why he is worth trusting:

Psalm 30:5
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favour lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Lamentations 3:22-23
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

How faithful Jesus is. And how beautiful his personality. who else would be worth waiting for, working for?

We see his compassion, new each morning, and long for the night to pass, for his Kingdom to come, the place where we wont need a list of rights to bring about justice, because the Prince of Peace will be with us.

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