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Isaiah 9:1-7

You'd be mistaken for thinking Christmas has come early but for some reason the writers of the lectionary we use have suggested this normally Christmas reading this Sunday.

Perhaps that is a good thing because when you have the chance to interpret a passage in a different context, you obviously get a different perspective. So the perspective is not focusing on the 'wonderful counsellor' part with Handel's Messiah ringing in the background, but a more grounded perspective of a nation in two minds, unsure of its future, looking for signs of a future that is stable... sound familiar.

I doubt the lectionary authors had any idea their choice of passage would suits so well but there you go. So what might the prophets say we should look out for in these times of ours: new life, possibility, future, perspective. God's Kingdom is always facing the future and it is that perspective we need to deal with. We forget we are working towards kingdom ambitions rather than Brexit negotiations.

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