Ancient Judah experienced the violence of exile. They had lost everything. They could easily lost hope, but Jeremiah tells them to hang on. The days are coming when God will act in fulfillment to promises made. We need to stand against violence in all its forms. We need stand with those who are confronted by such violence, for the Lord is our righteousness.
May we take this Advent journey with an eye and ear toward those who live with the threat of violence and hopelessness. May we be agents of grace and hope to them in this season of joy, so that a sense of security might cover them.