2017 Advent Reflection

My friend, Stephen Spence, posted this on his blog today. May his words and the imagery he uses bless you and bring you a sense of the place and purpose of the Advent season as a time to reflect, wait and hope.

Rev Dr Stephen Spence's Blog

Advent, the season before Christmas, is a time of waiting. We wait because that which is promised has not yet come in its fullness. It draws its theological strength from, among other things, Luke 1 and the song/prayer of Mary. Advent joins today’s Church with Mary’s longing for the coming Messiah and the early’s Church’s prayer (in the language of Jesus) maranatha – our Lord come!

Waiting in darkness. Troubled by evil – both the Great Horrors and the petty personal pains. Hopeful that this is not all there is; that this is not the way it ought to be. Uncertain whether this hope is built upon a divine promise or upon personal dreams.

Waiting in darkness. Awed by star-lights burning holes of divine promise into a despairing sky: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Daily evidence of a divine presence active within our stories. These…

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