Advent Reflection day 18
17th of December
We started off the Advent Reflections with the theme ‘Journeying’. What a good metaphor that is for this season as we journey, day by day, week by week, towards our destiny to be with God and enjoy his presence of all eternity. that is our faith journey.
The reality of life as a journey comes home to me clearly each time I minister to the very sick and frail patients in the wards of our local hospital and more especially as I take Holy Communion to the cancer patients in the Hospice that I visit each week. Each person with cancer there is coming to the end of his or her life’s journey.
Right from the beginning of Advent the Gospel asks, each of us, to stay awake and be prepared as we do not know the time when the Lord will take us home and our journey will come to and end.
Through the Sundays of Advent we light a new candle to illumine the darkness in our lives and in the world. It symbolises our longing , our desires, our hopes. Three ‘advents’ or ‘comings’ shape our desire:
- Jesus came in History: we want to be renewed in a sense that Jesus came to save us from our sins and death over 2000 years ago.
- Jesus comes in mystery: He comes to us now, in our every day lives, to help us live our lives with meaning and purpose.
- Jesus will come in Majesty: we prepare for His second coming to meet us at the end of our lives on this earth.
Here is something we all can do this Advent; as we wake up each day this week, we could light a candle, just by taking a few moments to focus. We could pause for a minute at the side of our bed and light an inner candle. Who among us doesn’t have time to pause for a moment? We could each find their own way to pray something like this:
Lord the light I choose to let into my life today
is based on my trust in you.
It’s a weak flame, but I do so much desire
that it dispel a little more darkness today.
Today I just want to taste the longing
I have for you as I go about my work, or my routine chores
let this candle be a reminder of my hope in your coming.
Every night this week, we can pause briefly, as we sit for a moment at the
edge of our bed or sit on our comfy chair, we can be aware of how one small
candle’s worth of desire brought life into this day. And we can give thanks.
Going to bed each night with some gratitude is part of the preparation for
growing anticipation and desire.
Come Lord Jesus!
Come and visit us.
We await your coming.
Come, Lord Jesus.
Who am I?
I am an octogenarian. I am young at heart and very active. I have worked up and down the country and beyond.
I live in the South East of the country with the North Sea on my right. If you fathom who I am I would be glad of your prayers