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Isaiah 52:7 – “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!'”During this season of Advent, we prepare our hearts to celebrate the arrival of Jesus Christ, the embodiment of God’s great love for humanity. Advent, derived from the Latin word “adventus,” meaning “coming,” is a time of anticipation and expectation.Isaiah’s words resonate deeply during Advent. He speaks of those who bring good news—messengers heralding peace, salvation, and the reign of God. In a world often filled with despair and uncertainty, these words offer a glimmer of hope—a promise of divine intervention, redemption, and restoration.The birth of Jesus marks the fulfillment of this prophecy, as the angels proclaimed to the shepherds: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11, NIV)The Good News of Advent is not confined to a historical event but continues to echo throughout generations, touching our lives today. It’s a message of hope that assures us that God’s redemptive plan is unfolding, offering us peace, salvation, and the assurance that our God reigns.In a world often shadowed by darkness, this Good News shines brightly as a beacon of hope—a reminder that despite the challenges we face, we are not alone. God is with us, bringing light into the darkest corners of our lives, offering forgiveness, grace, and a renewed sense of purpose.As we journey through this Advent season, may we embrace the Good News of Jesus Christ with open hearts. Let us be bearers of this message, sharing the love and hope found in Christ with others. May our lives reflect the beauty of God’s Good News, bringing peace and joy to those around us.………That was pretty good right? And I didn’t write it! ChatGPT did. Artificial intelligence. And it’s good! On some level, is Ai the next prophetic voice in the world? I’m not sure. I’m actually super nervous about the speed with which it is advancing without us having a full understanding of the complexities and consequences. It’s on the list of things I don’t fully understand.
I put into ChatGPT: Write me a short Advent devotional focusing on good news….and there you have it. It was good news to me that the good news was in there at least! Even in the midst of the technology I don’t understand, God is in it. Even in the midst of things in my here and now life that are hard to understand, God is in it. Even in the questions about yesterday and tomorrow, God is in it.
There’s a lot I/we don’t fully understand. A long list actually in my case. Twists and turns of life. New technologies. Religious wars. Corrupt and arrogant leaders. A long list. But one thing Advent reminds me of is that the Coming Christ was, is and will be in the midst of it.
“God won’t be confined to a historical event but continues to echo through generations. God is with us.”
Well played Ai! Thanks for the reminder.
Lord, even when we don’t get it, thanks for being in it. Amen
Still in One Peace