Advent Daybook, 26: Jerusalem, an immovable tent

My Advent daybook for these 24 days of waiting. Join me, won't you? (see previous Advent daybook 2016 posts here)

  Christmas in a refugee camp in Erbil, 2014 ( Source )

Christmas in a refugee camp in Erbil, 2014 (Source)

Behold Zion, the city of our appointed feasts!
Your eyes will see Jerusalem,
an untroubled habitation, an immovable tent,
whose stakes will never be plucked up,
nor will any of its cords be broken.
But there the Lord in majesty will be for us
a place of broad rivers and streams,
where no galley with oars can go,
nor majestic ship can pass.
For the Lord is our judge; the Lord is our lawgiver;
the Lord is our king; he will save us.
And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
— Isaiah 33:20-22 & Revelation 22:6,20 (ESV)

prayer for the day:

Lord our God, we thank you that you let light shine out every day and every year. Thank you that we may always look to you, whose right hand will bring order into everything and set all things right, even in difficult times. May our hearts receive strength to persevere and go on praising you, for you remain, no matter what happens on earth. You are our God, you have sent us the Savior, and we can draw close to you. You have made us the firm promise that your day is coming when truth and justice will arise on earth to the glory of your name. May the hearts of many people turn to you so that they worship you and call to you for help, to the glory of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
— Evening Prayers: For Every Day of the Year by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

Oppose despair with joy today, find something that makes you laugh.  You can even be a "hilarious giver" (a paraphrase the Bible's words).  Here's one way:  Donate to World Vision to feed a refugee child for a whole month

(see all Advent daybook posts from 2015 here)