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Friday, December 05, 2008

Advent Simplicity, light and beauty-Friday Five

This week's RevGalBlogPals' Friday Five comes from Sally. She writes:

"Imagine a complex, multi-cultural society that annually holds an elaborate winter festival, one that lasts not simply a few days, but several weeks. This great festival celebrates the birth of the Lord and Saviour of the world, the prince of peace, a man who is divine. People mark the festival with great abundance- feasting, drinking and gift giving....." (Richard Horsley- The Liberation of Christmas)

The passage goes on, recounting the decorations that are hung, and the songs and dances that accompany the festival, how the economy booms and philanthropic acts abound....

But this is not Christmas- this is a Roman festival in celebration of the Emperor....This is the world that Jesus was born into! The world where the early Christians would ask "Who is your Saviour the Emperor or Christ?"

And yet our shops and stores and often our lives are caught up in a world that looks very much like the one of ancient Rome, where we worship at the shrine of consumerism....

Advent on the other hand calls us into the darkness, a time of quiet preparation, a time of waiting, and re-discovering the wonder of the knowledge that God is with us. Advent's call is to simplicity and not abundance, a time when we wait for glorious light of God to come again...

Christ is with us at this time of advent, in the darkness, and Christ is coming with his light- not the light of the shopping centre, but the light of love and truth and beauty.

What do you long for this advent? What are your hopes and dreams for the future? What is your prayer today?
In the vein of simplicity I ask you to list five advent longings....

The picture came from One Exposure and the thoughts were inspired by a sermon in Iona's book Candles and Conifers

Here are five of my longings this Advent:

1. Simplicity of faith. Faith that is void of shoulds, coulds, woulds...just is.

2. Moments for memories. We do not remember hours of preparation or days of waiting. We remember the single moment. Watch for the moment(s). Let the rest go by.

3. Openness. When it is so easy to find ugliness, let me see beauty in others. Open my mind and my life to more.

4. Connectedness. I feel like I have become more disconnected. From God, my family, my church family, the world in general. I want to find ways to reach out and connect.

5. Quiet healing. For me. For others. For the world.


Blogger Sally said...

I love the way you describe simple faith, if only we could shed the shoulds coulds and woulds... oops there I go again :-)

7:58 AM  
Blogger RevDrKate said...

May it be so.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Jayne said...

Beautiful. Thank you so much.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Shalom said...


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