A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
and faithfulness the belt around his loins.
The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.
They will not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
The Advent is here, urging us to look again at the nature of our hope and ultimate loyalty. Sasha, one of our MTh graduates who’s now helping out for a few months as a volunteer, has taken some pictures of the life of the seminary and Sarka Valley Community Church – hope you’ll enjoy them and will continue to keep us in your prayers.
May during this Advent season our longing for the fullness of the knowledge of the Lord, of peace and justice, be rekindled. May we see some new real-life expressions of God’s Realm.
Keith G Jones
What a special time Advent has been at SVCC and IBTs. So missing being part of it this year. Greetings to all !