1 December 2019
8 December 2019
Tis the season…. I have been present in a number of places this week where very public discussions were taking place about when Christmas is, when we should give presents, etc. From the pharmacy to some police officers, from the supermarket to the Dr’s surgery people were discussing the meanings of some words we use this time of year. So I thought I would give you a brief description of a few of them. Advent – (2019) 1st December to 24th December. It has been around since about 480 and was generally considered to be a time of fasting. It is a time of waiting and expectancy, hence the use of Advent candles that you burn a little each day and calendars to count down to Christmas. It is the remembrance of something bigger than just this time and place. We join in the remembering of the waiting for the coming of the Messiah. It is a time to get our hearts, our homes and our lives ready as we wait expectantly. We wait for new hope, light and Jesus to enter into our hearts and our lives once again as saviour and friend. Note there is no mention of decorations, presents, trees, parties or shopping!