|Posted by Canon Linda Nixon on November 17, 2013 at 10:35 PM|
Greetings as we enter this Blessed Season of Advent! The season of new beginnings!
Another year has marched past!. There are so many thoughts and memories of 2013 as the year begins to wind down. The weird thing in the church is that we are actually winding up as we enter the new liturgical church calendar!
Advent has often been thought of as a season of waiting!!! Waiting for Christmas, waiting in line ups, waiting for confirmation that guests are coming, then waiting for their arrival…. Wait, wait, wait!! But in reality, I find it a season where I want it to slow down, it goes by way to fast!! Before we know it the Pageant is over, the Lessons and Carols sung, Christmas Eve has come and gone…. Ahh…. Slow down!!!
Are you feeling harried too? I think the one thing we long for… time… has to be the most elusive gift in the busyness and bustle of Christmas preparations. And why is that? Where did the quiet image of a long journey ending tucked in a stable go?
It is lost in the commercial and economic dictates of our society.
Lost in the competitive structures that dictate that the one with the most toys wins.
Lost in the focus on perfection, everything must be just right, we have to make sure everyone is happy.
So what’s a body to do?
We would all like to slow down, make time stand still, but it doesn’t often work that way. Our obligations to family, work and friends keeps the calendars full.
But we also as Christian people have an obligation to Christ. We need to take time to reflect, to pray, to read about him. At Christmas this would be a great gift….it is his birthday after all.
Christmas/Advent takes us to the beginning of our Christian faith journey’s history. It’s an introduction to God’s planning of giving us this gift of Jesus. It’s a moment in time to reflect on our roots.
You will hear the following mantra in the next few weeks and over the course of next year.
Scripture, prayer and mission.
These fundamentals are what make up our faith. These practices help us slow down. They remind us what our faith is all about.
It doesn’t take long to pause and reflect, connect our world experience to the gift of our faith.
Over the next few weeks, I encourage you to ponder the symbolism of all that we do. Think about the characters in Jesus’ birth story, why are they important? Who do you relate to the most? Share your insights and stories with your friends. I pray you may have Blessed and enlightening conversations!
May your Advent journey bring enlightenment, renewed hope, renewed joy and deep peace.
Yours in Christ,