Today is Tuesday the 4 December, in the first week of Advent.

The Kyiv Chamber Choir sing In Thy Kingdom from One Thousand Years Of Ukrainian Sacred Music.

Today’s reading is from the Prophet Isaiah.

This passage from Isaiah is often titled “the peaceful, or peaceable, kingdom”. Does it sound like the kind of place you’d want to live? If so, what do you find most attractive about it? If not, what puts you off?

Christians believe that the things that Jesus said and did began to bring this kingdom into being. Can you remember some of the gospel stories, or some of Jesus’s actions, in which this prophecy was being fulfilled?

The passage describes Isaiah’s hopes for his world. Spend a moment putting some of your own hopes for our world today into words.

Now, as the second half of the passage is read again, just let yourself breathe in the atmosphere of comfort and safety that it presents.

Speak for a moment to the God who makes these promises. Thank him, or challenge him, or just say whatever is on your mind.