“It can be hard to enter, or even come close to, a mystery as great as Christmas.”
So begins the Godly Play script for Advent. And it’s true, it seems to me. It’s very easy to rush headlong into the fun, the festivity, the excitement of Christmas (from about the middle of October onwards, it seems!) but truly entering into the mystery of Christmas, the mysterious truth of the incarnation, God-as-one-of-us, requires thoughtful, prayerful preparation.
Which is exactly what Advent should be. A chance to ready our minds, hearts, and souls to hear again the Good News which we know is coming, to see again the light which we know will surely dawn.
As we wait, as we prepare, as we dare to hope, it is good to be reminded that we do not do so alone, but surrounded by the great cloud of witnesses who have trodden this path, this Advent pilgrimage, so many times before. Each time we round the corner of the church year into the season of Advent, we come to it with fresh eyes, new perspectives, but we do so in the context of all those previous Advent journeys – our own and others’ – which add layers to our preparation for the great mystery of Christmas.
This year for Advent Book Club we are reading “Unearthly Beauty” by Magdalen Smith. Join in on Facebook or Twitter using #AdventBookClub.