Advent weekly reflections: Looking deeper


Advent calls us to look at the deeper truths of life. It calls us to see God at work even when everything looks bleak and hopeless. It calls us to see injustice and inequality behind the apparent wealth and ease of our society.

This is why we read the prophets in Advent. They were truth-tellers. Uncomfortable, awkward, at times offensive.
Read Isaiah 11.1-4
Photo from just below the surface of a large body of water. Cristian Palmer

This Advent, we are called to see the world through God’s eyes: in truth and in love. To see every person we meet as God sees them. Right now, in the run-up to Christmas, churches are opening their doors to those who are homeless and vulnerable. We see people as they truly are – made in the image of God. By offering a warm bed and a meal we say that we belong together as children of God. It’s also about speaking the truth to the wider world, saying “This cannot be!” and calling for change.

This Advent let us ask God to open our eyes and heart to see truth in every area of our lives, and to see God in the face of all those we meet.

Archbishop Justin Welby and Rev Isabelle Hamley

Bible readings are taken from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. All rights reserved.