As I write this article it is still the beginning of November yet the Christmas adverts have already started on TV, the shops are already full of ideas and food for the coming season and to be honest I am already starting to plan my sermons
for the Christmas season. But the fact is that the season of Christmas doesn’t actually start until midnight on Christmas Eve and in the meantime the season of candles and calendars is widely forgotten about.
Advent is a season about taking a different pace of life, ironically we all seem to get busier at this time of year with shopping, parties, seeing friends and relatives and cramming in everything we need to before the ‘Big day’. But the rhythm of advent speaks about a much different pace, a pace of slowing down, allowing for a time of reflection, it’s a time in many ways like Lent that we look both back and forward and ask again the question “How is my spiritual journey going?”
It is a time to reflect upon the past year, how we have treated others, how we have stood the test of hard times, how has our faith in the Christ child taught us to love one another and to love God? Advent is also a time to look to the future, to think about the Christ coming again, how will we respond? What account will we give when he asks us?
Advent is a time of waiting, and when we wait seeking God it is never time wasted. This advent, may you again take some time to wait and as you do, may God speak to you in new and fresh ways as we head towards the celebration of his greatest gift to us, His Son and our Saviour The Christ Child.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Psalm 130: 5-6
Grace and Peace Revd Ben