Advent – Preparation for a Season
ISAIAH 9 v 2 (MESSAGE) “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. For those who lived in a land of deep shadows – light! Sunbursts of light!”
The season of Advent begins on Sunday 29th November this year. Traditionally candles are lit on each of the four Sundays before Christmas. Advent means “Coming” – a time to rejoice at the coming of Jesus. It’s often a reflective period of preparation and a pause.
Do we really need another pause in 2020? The run up to Christmas used to be a cranking up of extreme busyness, being controlled by long to-do lists, interlaced with frenzied shopping, music and parties.
How we can long for the “used to be”. Or at least the freedom to choose being “crazy busy”.
AND YET … Christmas like so much of 2020 will be like no other we’ve known. We find ourselves facing a very different holiday landscape. Hard as it is, by looking back we may miss the the blessings of the present moment.
The NOW and TODAY
For vision and strength to be able embrace the “Now and Today” of God in our lives – for fresh, new every morning revelation.
The loss we feel is real. Some days more than others. It is magnified by memories, especially at this time of year.
Take a moment now to acknowledge any loss or grief you feel. Don’t bury what comes to mind. God has the time to listen. He can absorb the sharpness. We can rest in His strength.
Psalm 91 (Message):
“GOD, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!”
ISAIAH 55 v 6 “Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call on Him while He is near”.
We had our 120 year old internal doors “dipped” to remove decades of paint. All 10 of them! Wartime green paint, 1960’s purples – all hidden under panels put on them in a 1950’s DIY fad to make them easier to paint. Revealed beneath was honey-grained authentic timber. Battered, drilled, with a few rough edges admittedly. Nothing a bit of sandpaper couldn’t cure. They looked great.
God is near at this time and he wants the real us, the authentic, stripped back-to-the-wood version of us to find Him. He is extending an invitation to us. Don’t miss Him.
Let today be a reflective time to plan how we chart the coming weeks of Advent. Ask God how we can be tactical or rather covenantal with the spaces of unexpected time this strange shake-up season has created.
for opportunities to:-
Speak BLESSINGS to our families and friends
Reach out with HEALING and PROVISION
Speak WORDS OF KNOWLEDGE and LIFE
BE intentional in PRAISE & WORSHIP when we are tempted to look back at “former things” BE the LIGHT OF JESUS in the dark places and all the places of our lives.