Sunday 13th December
In week three of Advent we will be concentrating on joy. C S Lewis memorably said that he was surprised by joy, and he has a point. It is very hard to manufacture it or will it to happen. Instead, it is overtakes us. It feels rather like a magic. Advent is wintry and the weather is often cold and horrible and doesn’t feel like the ideal breeding ground for an outbreak of joy. But, during advent joy begins to gain on us. As each day passes, we are nearer to the great day that is to come.
Of course, we tend to get distracted by all there is to do, although this year the shopping might not be quite so frantic. Advent is meant to help us to take things more gently and to get our priorities right. C S Lewis was no fan of the modern Christmas, he felt that it had been stripped of all meaning and simply become an excuse for shopkeepers to sell us things. He has something when he says this. I think that he would have loved this joyous little prayer from the venerable Bede.
Christ is the morning star, Alleluia; Who when the night of this world is past, Alleluia; Promises and reveals to his saints, Alleluia; The everlasting light of life, Alleluia.
Front-line Advent, Steve Morris and Barry Hingston, published by Authentic Media. https://www.eden.co.uk/shop/fr...