When organising crockery for the washing up with my late father in law I well remember how he would take a cup and saucer and if on closer inspection the saucer was clean he would put that away in the cupboard declaring it “God’s Blessing!”
In many ways Advent this year, in a time of pandemic, should be viewed as God’s Blessing. Advent should be a time to stop and reflect and prepare ourselves for the celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas. In reality the rush of activities from Christmas sales to carol services that usually fills our December diary means that we rush towards Christmas missing the point of the whole event so to speak.
My daily Bible readings this week have suggested, not for the first time, that we need time to contemplate, time to notice the world around us, creation in all its beauty even in winter. This year, perhaps more than any other, many of us have the time to contemplate, the time to stop and the time to prepare ourselves properly to celebrate Christmas when it comes.
Perhaps you use an Advent calendar or Advent candle to count down the 24 days to Christmas Eve. Maybe you are doing an alternative advent calendar, putting aside an item each day for the local Foodbank; maybe you are reading an Advent reflection book. Perhaps you would like a further challenge. The Gospel of Luke has 24 chapters – can you read one chapter a day from 1st December so that by Christmas you have journeyed through the story of Jesus’ life again, and reminded yourself of what the baby in the manger did for each of us.