We are entering Advent, the church’s pregnant pause before we celebrate Christ’s birth again. The time of waiting has begun.
There is power in the pause. It affirms that the creation and nurture of a child takes time, energy, commitment, courage. It stretches space, opening our spirits to the very human struggle with what is worth waiting for and what is not; what is worth investing in and what will fade like discarded Christmas paper. Waiting is one of those gifts we need, but do not often ask for.
Advent heralds transformation, and transformation takes time.
But there are things that won’t wait, needs that do not have that luxury. Transformation takes time, but hunger won’t wait. Across our planet home, sisters and brothers struggle now to feed their families. Food insecurity, fuelled by climate change and conflict, mean that there is imminent danger of starvation.
In South Sudan, Christian Aid, through its partners, offers unconditional cash transfers to the most vulnerable families, enabling them to buy food and stop starvation in its tracks. But we won’t stop there. We’ll stay to see the roots of hope take hold, by guiding communities towards improved nutritional practices for infant children, diverse food production and better access to safe water for all.
Head of Christian Aid Scotland