3rd Sunday of Advent

Last Sunday was the 2nd Sunday of Advent, and now we are at the 3rd Sunday already. No blog post was written last week, because even though we Christians are meant to be in a time of preparation and waiting, we too get swept up with the busyness of the season.

So today let us stop and take stock. How is the jar going with the daily blessings in it? Did you find time to do it? Have you found time to read your bible this advent?

For sure the ones who have had the time they need to prepare are probably feeling a lot more peaceful than those of us who have not. They feel ready for the coming of the Lord, whether symbolically at Christmas, everyday as they experience him in their daily lives, or if he was to return with all the angels tomorrow.

The rest of us are in various stages of readiness, and although the bible tells us to be always alert, and prepared, with oil filled lamps for we know not when the Lord will come, we should not feel that we have to be totally prepared, otherwise we have failed. The Lord knows our hearts and only he can judge us. He also knows how we humans are and that life is a whirl, for he made us this way.

So take a moment to relax now. Light a candle, say a prayer, maybe read some scripture, and know that all will be well.

Have a blessed advent week.worship_advent-wreath3_2015


1 Advent

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a time when we prepare for the coming of Christ. Let us take time in this period to think and reflect.

Adventskranz 1. Advent

Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac, p. 196

   “Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present.

   “An old abbot was fond of saying, ‘The devil is always the most active on the highest feast days.’

   “The supreme trick of Old Scratch is to have us so busy decorating, preparing food, practicing music and cleaning in preparation for the feast of Christmas that we actually miss the coming of Christ. Hurt feelings, anger, impatience, injured egos—the list of clouds that busyness creates to blind us to the birth can be long, but it is familiar to us all.”

An idea to help you in your awareness is to create a blessing jar. Find a glass jar, and each day in this period write down one thing for which you are thankful or blessed and put it in the Jar. On Christmas Eve you can open the jar and read the blessings in your life and be thankful for them

Wishing you a blessed Advent time