Saturday 5th December
The theme for this first week of advent is hope. We modern people tend to think that hope is a rather flimsy commodity, but this is only a very modern and secular development. The ancients saw hope completely differently. They believed that there was something certain about hope and that however bad things were or would become, that in the end love wins.
These past months have been a great test for all of us and there can't be anyone who hasn't felt hopeless at some time or another. I think we felt that our society was invincible, and that progress was a continual march that could not be stopped. But we seem to have lost so much that we hold dear. In some ways this might make us more open to this great season of advent. After all Jesus and his family were refugees, poor, and in great peril.
Hope is not weak. Hope is strong because the promise of God is that the light will break through the darkness. We end the week with another great Benedictine prayer:
God our father, open our eyes to see your hand at work in the splendour of creation, in the beauty of human life. Touched by your hand our world is holy. Help us to cherish the gifts that surround us, to share your blessings with our brothers and sisters, and to experience the joy of life in your presence. Amen
Front-line Advent, Steve Morris and Barry Hingston, published by Authentic Media. https://www.eden.co.uk/shop/fr...