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This month's message: 


Read Samuel 2: 18 – 20 and verse 26

Hawaii’s Ironman Triathlon World Championship is considered to be one of the most gruelling athletic challenges. It involves a full marathon run, over 161 kms and a 4 km ocean swim.

In the 1999 event, Dick and Rick Hoyt entered and competed together because Rick has cerebral palsy. His father, Dick, pulled his son in a small dinghy, balanced him on a special seat on their cycle, and pushed him on a three-wheeled chair. Late in the day they finally finished. They won no medals, just everyone’s heart. In a post-race interview a reporter asked Dick why he undertook such a challenge. He replied simply that he had promised it to his son.

Sometimes the gifts that yield the most blessing both to the giver and receiver are promises sincerely offered and faithfully kept. That is true of Hannah. She and her husband, Elkanah, have prayed and hoped for a child. Year after year they have been bitterly disappointed. In her prayers, Hannah promises that if they should have a child, she would dedicate him to the Lord.

Elkanah and Hanna are filled with joy at the birth of their son, but Hannah remains faithful to her promise and offers her precious son to God as an apprentice to Eli the priest.

Advent reminds us of the faithfulness of God who has promised to deliver the people. In the gift of a tiny child, God gave the beloved Son; the blessings of that gift are ours forever.

PRAYER: Ever-giving God fill us with confidence and hope to wait patiently for the fulfilment of your promises in our hearts and lives. Amen