Today is Friday the 7 December, the feast of St Ambrose in the first week of Advent.

The monks of the Abbey of Keur Moussa sing the Benedictus: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, He has visited his people and redeemed them. As I enter into prayer today, I rest for a moment in the confidence that  - whatever may seem wrong with the world, or with me or with my life -  God’s love redeems it all: ‘The Lord has visited his people and redeemed them’.

Today’s reading is from the Prophet Isaiah.

Isaiah here divides the world very neatly. On one side are the tyrants, the scoffers and those who lay traps for others. On the other, the meek, the needy, and those in need of God’s healing. Where do you first think of yourself on this spectrum?

The ones who come out best here are the ones who recognise their own needs. What needs might you want to bring into this prayer, to ask God’s help with?

By the end of the passage, everyone is standing in awe of what God has done for them. Is there anything in your own experience that tells you what that is like?

Listen carefully, as the passage is read again, for all the things that God is offering to do for his people here.

Talk to God about what it would mean in your life if all the promises of this reading were realised.