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Advent, again. 27 November 2016

Posted by Dr Moose in Advent, Faith, Life, Time.
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I am not really a very good blogger. In fact I’m not sure I even rate as a very good person (your opinions may vary). All of which means that every time I attempt to restart blogging regularly the hope is tempered by the expectation that reality will bite and all the good intentions will crumble. If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions I sometimes feel I could bid for the prime contractor on the job!

A few days ago the fact that Advent was approaching dragged itself out of the addled swamp of my brain, along with the memory that Advent, rather like Lent, is supposed to be a season of penitence and preparation, a time to get ready. Not just the annual preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ, of the divine somehow living alongside us, enfleshed, incarnate, but also looking beyond to the Christian hope of an end and a new beginning – however you try to describe judgement and the “end of the world as we know it” (which may, or may not, have anything to do with the election of certain politicians to posts of power and authority).

Today, the First Sunday of Advent, is the start of the Church’s liturgical year. We say “Happy New Year” not because we’ve glossed over the whole month (including the presence of Christmas) but because we have worked our way in the Anglican Communion (indebted to the patterns and example of our Roman Catholic siblings) through the cycle of the year. From the preparation for the coming of Christ, through his nativity, life, teaching, atoning death and resurrection. From the earthly ministry through to the giving of the Holy Spirit to empower and enable the church and her saints, and through the dying of the light and the hope of the eternal sight of Christ as King, sovereign over all his creation.

Today we have once again crossed to threshold, from old to new, from ending to new beginning. In accidental symbolism today marks a fresh attempt to blogging, with an aspiration to do so daily, even if I’ve not been able to find a list of daily themes to draw upon. This week may also see another end/beginning: the mop of hair that I’ve been cultivating over the last few months will receive a radical chop (or more correctly a razor-attack) if our uni staff Movember team can reach our £500 goal (£105 short as I write this, so here’s a link if you want to contribute and punish my vanity for wanting to retain my moustache and beard!)

Endings and beginnings: powerful themes, especially when approached in hope rather than fear. I wonder what new beginnings the week, the month, will bring… and whether I can muster the discipline (and find something new enough) to blog each day!

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