Sunday, December 20, 2020

Advent day 22 (2020)

 


 

People of God: prepare!

God, above all, maker of all,

is one with us in Christ.

Maranatha!

Come, Lord Jesus!

God, the mighty God,

bends down in love to earth.

Maranatha!

Come, Lord Jesus!

God with us, God beside us,

comes soon to the world he has made.

Maranatha!

Come, Lord Jesus!

We are God’s children,

we seek the coming Christ.

Maranatha!

Come, Lord Jesus!

 

Across the UK, people’s preparations to celebrate Christmas together have been thrown into chaos this weekend. Having been told to prepare for one thing, preparations made, that thing is now prohibited. A sorry tale of vacillation, not vaccination.

In fact, while Advent is a time of preparing to celebrate Christmas, it is primarily a time to prepare ourselves for Christ’s return. A light at the end of a long tunnel. But how on earth do you prepare for something you have no idea when it will arrive? Christ comes for each of us in the hour of our death, to reclaim the divine breath that has animated our clay. To prepare for Christ’s return is, whatever else, to prepare ourselves to meet him then. To die well, not afraid but as a welcome culmination of our whole life. Such preparation is not morbid, but filled with longing.

May you celebrate this Christmas as if it were your last. Not wishing you were somewhere else, but in love’s embrace.

 

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