Advent calling. Are you getting ready, what can you actually do to get ready, how much time do you need and will this have the right effect?
My Advent reading this year is with Tom Wright, a great writer of commentaries and his Advent for Everyone: A Journey Thrugh Matthew.
So get ready for the adventure ahead, or are you already Advent ready!
Matthew 3:1-10 is the place to be!
John was preaching in the Judean wilderness. By all accounts John was a wild character, clothes made from camel hair, eating locusts and honey and foretold by Isaiah that there would be a voice in the wilderness shouting in the desert.
And he doesn’t let us down! As in Matthew 3:7 he says to the Pharisees approaching, who were full of pride and righteousness.
‘You brood of vipers, who warned you to escape from the coming wrath, you had better prove your repentance by bearing the right sort of fruit!
But what about us?
Can we take ourselves away from the glitter and spending for a little while, to reflect and prepare for Jesus coming into our world?
Advent is a wonderful time of year and it does bring Jesus into many homes, through Nativities, cards, carols and the church services. We can pass on that understanding of what Christmas is actually about.
That wonderful togetherness and joyousness is a reflection of the joy that Jesus can bring into all our lives.
It isn’t a case that we have to stop enjoying the preparations, let’s all have a great time and make as much festive Christmas preparations as we can, let’s light up the churches, let’s light up the world and let’s light up our hearts with the knowledge that once again we find ourselves at this splendidly wonderful time of year.