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…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

Advent 1 2011 – A time for waiting

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Lo! he comes with clouds descending,
Once for favoured sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending
Swell the triumph of his train:
Alleluya!
God appears, on earth to reign.

Advent Crown at Southwark, with the first candle lit for Advent Sunday

Advent Crown at Southwark, with the first candle lit for Advent Sunday

As a theme for the Advent blogs this year, I start with a verse from the great Advent Hymn by Charles Wesley – Lo! He comes with clouds descending.

Advent Sunday is a time when we remember the Patriarchs, in particular Abraham, our father in faith, and David, Jesus’ ancestor in whose city he was born.

Both Abraham and David were waiting. An example to be followed. In today’s world, with computers, mobile phones, smartphones, iPhones everything is instant. However slow down, pause for thought, and think. This time of Advent is for waiting and thinking. Christmas Day should the the start of the celebrations. Not the climax, followed by those days to the end of the year when we sit, eat too much and wonder what to do and complain about the selection of programmes on the television.

My suggestion to you is to wait for Christmas, delay putting up your Christmas Tree and plan your celebrations from Christmas through to the New Year. Remember celebrations are not just about lots of money on presents and eating out. Celebrations are about getting together. In the past it would be singing round the piano. I guess today it would be karaoke to the iPod. You, your families and friends will enjoy it all the more.

Lord Jesus, Light of the World,
Born in Daivd’s city of Bethlehem,
born like him to be a king:
Be born in our hearts at Christmas,
be king of our lives today.
Amen

This year I will also be providing a link to Beth’s Blog to provide you with a contrasting view during Advent.

From Beth for Advent 1 – A Rumour; in which she considers a rumour, a whisper, gaining power. A saviour is coming!

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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