Isaiah 40:9-11
 
 Get you up to a high mountain,
            O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
            O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, do not fear;
            say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!”
See, the Lord GOD comes with might,
            and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him,
            and his recompense before him.
 
He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
            he will gather the lambs in his arms,
            and carry them in his bosom,
            and gently lead the mother sheep.

             Every Sunday at church the Haitian people sing hymns of praise to God and give thanks for all that God has done for them.   “Mesi Senye,” (thank you Lord) they yell out with their eyes closed and their arms lifted towards the sky.

            Sometimes I wonder what they are thanking God for?  Most of them live in tiny shacks and experience hunger on a daily basis.  There is arguably no country on earth that has undergone the amount of oppression and persecution as Haiti.  And yet there they are every Sunday celebrating life, giving thanks for all that they have, and patiently waiting for the day that God delivers his people.

            During Advent we can be in solidarity with the Haitian people by following their lead and celebrating the gift of the life, the gift of the Son, and the hope that the future holds when one day justice is available to all people.

O coming One,
help me to remember that it is not for me alone
that you have come to our world,
but it is directly to me that you call
for justice, for peace, for hope,
even in the voice of those least heard
and in the sight of those least seen.
Help me to see, to hear, to do—all at your bidding. 
Rev. Patrick Bentrott
Global Ministries Partner
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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