“Wake up because your salvation is even closer than ever. Give up dark deeds and put on the armour of light”

(Romans chapter 13, verses 11-12, paraphrase)

It would be so very easy to get wound up over Advent – everyone else, it seems, thinks it’s already Christmas. Christmas trees up for some time already; Christmas songs and carols playing in the High Street Shops, mince pies appearing everywhere (rather like those black cubes in an episode of Dr Who a few week’s ago) and my first Christmas meal this week. (There are more to come; they come with the territory so I shouldn’t complain too much I suppose.) I get wound up because Advent (starting on 2nd December this year) is supposed to be a time of preparation not the celebration. So a bit of Christmas shopping might be in order and making sure the address book is up-to-date – that’s fine. But it is supposed to be a season of waiting – waiting in the expectation that God will fulfil the promises he has made.

Now, I find it hard enough to be patient as it is, but, when everyone else has already started Christmas, waiting another 3 1/2 weeks is that much harder. God give me patience! (Amen to that!)

A prayer from “Common Worship”

Almighty God, as your kingdom dawns, turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness, that we may be ready to meet you in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen. (Additional Collect for Advent Sunday)