Little Kimble Free Church

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Reflection of the week

 25th November 2022

Is it not crazy how a whole year comes and goes?

Sunday the 27th we are celebrating the 1st of Advent again, the first of the four Advent Sundays before Christmas day. 
This is also the time of year where in our Northern Hemisphere the nights are increasingly drawing in. It can very much feel as if the darkness that is surrounding us is taking over – outside of us and inside of us.
‘Things’ around us seem to be getting darker and darker – perhaps not dissimilar to the geopolitical world of 2,000 years ago.

But then, 2,000 years ago, just as things were getting darker and darker, the true light that gives light to everyone came into the world (John 1:9). This light came, and in it, in him, was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  This light started to shine in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it, to this day! (John 1:4,5)

This life-giving event, the in-the-flesh coming of this light, is what we will be celebrating at Christmas Day. Joy to the world!

As we proceed through this Advent season – these four weeks– many people light candles. If we do so ourselves, and then watch the candle pushing back the surrounding darkness we get a sense of how the light and warmth of this candle is overcoming the surrounding darkness.  
Appreciating this candlelight we might then want to read a bible passage or reflection, and meditate on the event that happened 2,000 years ago and changed the history of the world for good: The birth of Jesus.  

During my childhood in my native Germany, we always marked Advent Sunday afternoons by being together with family or friends, enjoying the lit candles, a nice cup of tea, baked Christmas Biscuits and/or a piece of Christmas cake – Christmas Stollen. It was always a special time.

This conscious preparatory ‘setting aside time for Advent’ seems to me as increasingly important, as the period leading up to Christmas can so easily resemble a crazily manic period of running around to ‘get everything done before Christmas’.

So, this Advent season 2022, when worldly pre-Christmas craziness takes over, I hope and pray that we remember what all this is about, and that we find time to set a special time aside to watch a light, perhaps a candlelight, pushing back the darkness.

As we do this we can remember and contemplate with thankfulness events that happened in a small stable or dwelling in Bethlehem - only a few years ago.

Have a blessed advent period 2022, full of the light of God.