There is so much bad news around at the moment, it becomes a particular joy to receive good news.

And good news is all the more likely to be believed when it is personally delivered by a loved and trusted messenger.

Advent is about the message of God coming to save. The messengers who herald that coming bring good news of comfort, peace and joy for those who receive that message.

Prophecies from the book of Isaiah are often read during this countdown to Christmas season. I especially love this one:

"How beautiful upon the mountains 
are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, 
who brings good news, 
who announces salvation, 
who says to Zion, 'Your God reigns'. 
Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, 
together they sing for joy: 
for in plain sight they see 
the return of the Lord to Zion. 
Break forth together into singing, 
you ruins of Jerusalem; 
for the Lord has comforted his people, 
he has redeemed Jerusalem. 
the Lord has bared his holy arm 
before the eyes of all the nations; 
and all the ends of the earth shall see 
the salvation of our God."
Isaiah 52: 7 - 10 NRSV

God sends all sorts of messengers, sometimes in the form of angels, sometimes as prophets, but most often God's messengers of peace and joy are ordinary people.

What message are you bringing today?