For many years my Mum sent me an Advent calendar at the end of November. Then one year, when I was in my late 20’s, to my consternation, she didn’t. When I raised this serious issue with her she said “I thought you might be getting too old for it!”. Never!! There was something about opening that little window every day to see what was pictured beneath, that heightened the sense of anticipation and expectation as Christmas approached.
Nowadays, my family, like many others, is spread around the globe, so we send round an ecalendar. After downloading this you can access a magical 3 D scene that has moving figures, games to play, beautiful art work, lovely Christmas music, quirky stories and a safe, homely room to settle down in and enjoy a crackling fire. As well as bringing lots of enjoyment, the ecalendar brings our family together across the miles as we share the fun.
All of which is great!
But as much as I enjoy the ecalendar, Advent would feel a little hollow without the unfolding stories of the Biblical narratives. There is the fierce figure of John the Baptist (of whom we shall hear more on Sunday), heavenly choirs, journeying wise men, stunned shepherds, and a perplexed pregnant woman, all leading to the joy and delight of a new baby.
And as we open each picture in the Christmas story and peek in wonderingly, an image, word or piece of music may reveal a new truth to us, something to be savoured, enjoyed and perhaps put into action. As a community, we too are brought together in a shared experience, one which brings depth and meaning to our lives.
All the best,
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