The weeks leading to Christmas can feel like a helter skelter ride. We climb to the top and see the landscape set out before us, but then the descent begins, twisting and gathering speed. The landscape disappears in the breathless, disorientating rush to the bottom, where we end up in an untidy heap! All too often, Advent becomes like that. We see the Advent landscape and determine to keep the season, then find we’re hurtling through the shopping and attempts at perfection and end up on Christmas Eve in an untidy heap feeling spiritually unprepared.
This Advent, try to keep even just 5 minutes to read, pray, think about the journey towards Nativity, that is about preparing hearts and minds rather than meals and presents. Sharon Ely Pearson has found some on-line Advent Calendars that might help you do just that.
Among the Advent sections on the Going for Growth site, you’ll find:
An overview of the season with websites to provide resources (including a brilliant 2 Minute Advent video from BustedHalo)
- Links for early years, Advent Calendars and more
- Ideas to explore the Jesse Tree
If you want an (almost) instant Christmas Eve Carol Service that is family friendly, have a look at the suggestion on Worshipping with Children.
And to take you into 2013, our Epiphany page links to a whole range of ideas for celebrating the coming of the Magi. Epiphany falls on a Sunday this year.
If you would like to make a Church New Year resolution to spend a little more time reading the Bible and reflecting on it in prayer, have a look at Reflections for Daily Prayer. It offers short thoughts on the daily Lectionary readings and comes in paper, Kindle and Iphone App formats!
May you have an Advent that truly helps you to prepare for the great mystery and celebration of Christmas and Incarnation!
Mary Hawes, National Going for Growth (Children and Youth) Adviser for the Church of England