Advent means coming. We prepare for the coming of Christ into our world and we look forward to the day when he will come again. In many ways, advent is all about the journey of God to us through the centuries of the patriarchs, prophets and finally through Christ himself in the Incarnation. There are many journeys tied up in the Christmas narrative and we will be thinking about some of them as go. But advent is also a call for us to journey afresh towards God, to seek him. Whilst the world continues to journey through this pandemic, and however we have coped -or not -with the challenges it has brought, Advent offers us all the opportunity to make our journey into a pilgrimage. Each day during Advent there will be a short passage and thought here for you to ponder and I hope that we can journey together in seeking God afresh in our lives.
December 1st 2020
I wonder if, like me, you are an extravagant packer? When we go away, I always take far too many things, most of which will remain in the suitcase unused and unnecessary. All they will have done is weigh me down and slow me down as I try to carry them- be it at the station or airport or just into the car!
In our journey toward God I wonder how much baggage we are carrying? How many past hurts or wounds, how many preconceived ideas or plans of our own? How much anger, fear or cares are we laden with? What might God be asking you to divest yourself of and give to Him this Advent as your journey?
Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11 v 28
“The soul that journeys to God but does not shake off its cares and quiet its appetites, is like one who drags a cart uphill.”
St John of the Cross