Sunday, 30 November 2008

Amen ; even so come, Lord Jesus.

The last few words of Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre "always round off for me what is the most satisfactory of novels. In "Jane Eyre"as in our Advent season we are drawn straight back to our sure Hope, and one that will keep us on our spiritual toes. Take away all that tabbed box culture of chocolate and count down to presents, and put back that gospel reading we heard in St Johns today,
'And then they'll see the Son of Man enter in grand style, his Arrival filling the sky-no one will miss it! '(The Message)
I am confident that tweets will spread the news in seconds, mobiles will be so busy the networks wont be able to cope- but we will not need even them , as we will actually see HIM arrive.
One shop in Scarborough was selling Advent calendars for pets! Filey has a wide selection of 'traditional' ones, from the Bart Simpson to the Margaret Tarrant Angel. How many families find all the chocolate has disappeared by 2nd December?
Sam Foster put it all into perspective in her thoughtful Advent Sunday sermon, for she neatly bypassed all the Christmas speak with her End Time reminder, and led us back to the Advent as it should be . Bishop Tom Wright(Surprised by Hope) says 'it has been fudged ' in lectionaries so that preparation for Christmas has overtaken all the teaching on the Second Coming. I liked the sign Sam deliberately used to Gods advantage
'One can never start too early to think about something big! '
'I'm with Charlotte Bronte,
'Even so come, Lord Jesus!'

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