“Advent, meaning, ‘the coming’ is a time when we wait expectantly. Like Mary, we celebrate the coming of the Christ child, what God has already done. And we wait in expectation of the full coming of God’s reign on earth and for the return of Christ, what God will yet do. But this waiting is not a passive waiting. It is an active waiting. As any expectant mother knows, this waiting also involves preparation, exercise, nutrition, care, prayer, work; and birth involves pain, blood, tears, joy, release, community. It is called labour for a reason. As we wait, we also work, cry, pray, ache; we are the midwives of a new world.
Today, the season before Christmas is a frenzy of retail spending. More than half of it, hundreds of billions of dollars a year, is spent as we celebrate the birth of the homeless Son of God in that stinky manger. (And he got only three measly presents including myrrh. What baby wants myrrh?) As Christians we are invited to rethink the Advent season as a time for compassion rather than consumption.” (adapted from Common Prayer).
May God bless this time of preparation and waiting. ‘Turn on the porchlight, dazzle the dark night. God is coming soon… So don’t be tempted or distracted by the daily grind, and the peace of God in Jesus Christ will guard our heart and mind.’ (Brian Wren)