I haven’t done many of the “prompts” when it has come to NaMoBloPo 2014 (National Blog Post Month) There has been interesting ones, but none that prompted me to post about that particular idea. Today’s prompt from RevGalBlogPals is certainly part of what I have been doing this week. It is about Advent.
In the life of a preacher one is bombarded by what has to be done for that day and week and the seasons yet to come. So while I hate all the Christmas music in the stores and the too early decorations (I prefer the color of autumn until the day after Thanksgiving) I still have to be in the planning stages for the season of Advent. Once Advent hits, I love the music, the decorations and the delights in its right season!All
This new year in the life of the Christmas Church is filled with the clash of cultures. Traditionally it has been a season of reflection and quiet, but in the world of retail it is a season of drivenness: to buy more do more in order to “make” Christmas wonderful. The birth of a child needs no extras, particularly when one celebrates incarnation: The gift of God wrapped in human form.
My Advent five as I prepare for this holy, sacred and lovely season begins with music performed by Sugarland:
A book being given to the congregation at West Heights UMC
An image of light:
Two words from our sacred memory:
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. What has come into being through this Word is Life and the Life was the Light of all people. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1: 1, 3c-5
“Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2: 19
When the push comes and the craziness threatens I will ponder this season of light, hope, joy, peace and love and be graced to serve.