Posted on the , in Thoughts for the Week, by Ashley Hardingham
All Is Calm, All Is Bright
And so, Advent moves into Christmas. The waiting is over and the time of the coming of Jesus, becomes his arrival and we draw from the Bible’s narrative and select the words and phrases of the Prophets, the Angels and Mary to describe and define this time; framing this and every Christmas with transcendent words, themes and realities:
‘…you have increased their joy, they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest’
‘Glory to God in the highest’
‘He has… lifted up the lowly, he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.’
So may you know this joy – a joy which eclipses happiness, May you wonder in your worship and give glory to God. And may you act in step with God as you welcome and fill the lives of the lowly, hungry and lonely.