Advent Week 1 – Stevie Wills – Isaiah 9:2

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the injustice in the world today?

I often do. There are so many people suffering. People living in poverty. People who are oppressed. My heart grieves. I long for justice. For freedom. For alleviation from suffering. Perhaps those who grieve over injustice are also among those who walk in darkness.

Isaiah 9 foretells of the birth of Jesus Christ. With his birth, the promise of light and hope.

At CBM Australia, our hearts grieve over the injustices that many people with disabilities in developing countries face. Many face barriers to accessing education, healthcare and gaining employment.

While our hearts grieve, we have hope.

We have hope in the promise of Jesus’ birth. A promise that light is coming. Justice is coming. But we also have hope that we can bring hope to individuals, families and communities. We can remove barriers so that people with disabilities can fully participate in education, receive rehabilitation and earn an income for themselves and their family.

While we wait for Jesus’ birth, and long for the promises of hope and justice that come with it, we can bring hope to individuals now.

Through our Christmas Gift Shop, you can join with us to give gifts that remove barriers for people with disabilities. For example, you can give a child the gift of sight with eye surgery, the gift of independence with a wheelchair or the gift of income with seeds for farming.

As we long for justice, we have hope. And we can give hope.

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Stevie Wills, Community Education Officer at CBM Australia.