Advent is all about looking forward, and we all know the Christmas story we’ve seen it in every shape and format there is, children’s nativities, on TV, Christmas cards, the cinema, we even assemble our own version of it with little figures of Mary, Joseph, shepherds etc.
The whole point of Advent is to look at the approach of Christmas but in a slightly different way.
This year every one is approaching Christmas in a different way.
Traditionally the second Sunday of advent is associated with John the Baptist often referred to as a voice crying out in the wilderness, And this year has been a wilderness year for so many, being with out, not being able to see our friends and family, not being able to see our loved ones in hospital, not being able to go on holiday, loosing loved ones. And for many this Christmas will be a wilderness Christmas, unable to celebrate in the usual way.
As we all approach Christmas, we all approach it from the wilderness of 2020 and John says to prepare, get ready, to make a straight path, although this year has been very different and this Christmas will be no exception we need to prepare
We as Christians are called to await the coming of the Lord, we have been waiting and travelling, thro the wilderness and we welcome any one to travel with us, pointing others to Jesus along the way, just as advent calls us to prepare and points us all to Jesus at Christmas.
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