Advent Within The Alpha and Omega
We can be caught in the flurry of activity in preparation of what the Christmas season brings in our homes, community, school and church celebrations. Decisions of what gifts to buy, decorations to use, food to serve, cards to be sent - these are just a few of the considerations to be made for family, friends and beyond. Often, travel arrangements need to be made as well as juggling employment situations. It is a time to be a comfort for those in isolation, loneliness and in need, which amplifies during this time of year.
Mary (as in the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10) set herself before the Lord, taking time out to enjoy His presence and then dear Martha, whose time was consumed in physical demands. Advent can be a time to slow us down and turn our eyes away from the busyness of the season in all the 'doings' to the benefit of being still before God. Advent is a season of spiritual preparation designed to bring our awareness back to the simplicity of the cradled Christ to the complexity of the Cross and to the completion in His return. It is in recognition of the Christ, by His Spirit within us, expanding into the Alpha and the Omega. One of the most fervent prayers of Jesus is in John 17:21..."I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one - as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe that you sent me."
The Alpha and Omega is complete - the Beginning and the End and holds within the dynamics of Advent....
- The Eternal in His Presence among us in the current moment of time through the Holy Spirit (who is).
- The Eternal before creation and manifested in the Christ of yesterday when first coming to earth as a baby (who was).
- The Eternal in the future to anticipate, prepare and expect the coming Messiah at the end of the age with everlasting life (who is to come).
It's good to separate into the stillness of God and then take that stillness back into our noisy world. Withdrawing into that silence of God that Advent can provide, brings a sensitivity and awareness of the Almighty. Rejuvenation of hope, peace, love and joy quickens and enriches the spirit and is a reminder of our destiny within the Alpha and Omega.
Join me at the Turn-Up Patch in two weeks - on Monday, January 1st in the new year of 2018. Have a blessed Christmas!