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Advent Sanctuary Day5 months ago
ReSource ministers Revd Rod and Mrs Jan Allon-Smith invite us to reflect on the season of Advent in this week's blog post.
Across the year, we enjoy the natural rhythms and moods of the different seasons. We don’t need to be poets to appreciate the blessings and glories of ‘oe’r brimmed’ late Summer days, or Autumnal “mists and mellow fruitfulness”, as John Keats described. Then there is the undramatic transition as Winter as soils are turned and rest under layers of water and ice, anticipating the warmth of Spring, with energy for fresh growth. Through the seasons, we are aware of many and varied opportunities to enjoy the garden of God’s world.
So too, with the cycle of the Christian Year, as we consider surprises and wonders of each season. The quiet, restrained days through Lent set a mood to anticipate the joys and celebration of a resurrection at Easter; then a welcoming of the Holy Spirt at Pentecost leads into the regular lessons and challenges of a life of discipleship. Within these rhythms, Advent offers key opportunities in anticipating the coming of Christ – in history, as the child at Bethlehem, and for His-story today, as he comes afresh to our world and our lives, and as he points to the end of all time.
It is all too easy to let the Advent season slip by, distracted by ticking off items on our jobs list or presents list, perhaps with a glance towards established traditions such as an Advent candle lit Sunday by Sunday. If we will allow the spirit of Advent to influence our days, we will make time to stop, look, watch, listen, and wait for the Holy Spirit prompting us in anticipation of the coming of Christ in 2021, and for 2022!
The ReSource online Sanctuary Day next Tuesday 30th November will offer such an opportunity: a few hours to pause, to focus on how characters in scripture - especially Isaiah, Mary and John the Baptist – looked ahead anticipating God breaking into this world; and how we can each learn from their example.