I love advent calendars. I love the counting the days and the excitement it builds. I’ve been trying to hold back the excitement at least until December began but it’s rather difficult what with Glasgow deciding to put up all their Christmas lights and Christmas market up in mid November! For me it’s the anticipation of a beautiful time: lights, family, getting to listen to Sufjan’s new Christmas albums(!!!) and other much loved Christmas music, all the lovely Christmas food, putting up decorations, all those silly little traditions we associate with Christmas but are just lovely and fun. But can you just imagine... the whole of heaven must have been waiting with bated breath on that day all that while ago that we celebrate, Jesus’ arrival on earth. It was and is a BIG deal. God coming to earth in human form, God on a rescue mission, coming to free humanity from the clutches of sin and death… hold on, I just need to catch my breath!
Sooo the plan is (NB I'm not so good at sticking to such plans, but hold me to it!) a blogpost every day this advent to remind myself as much as anything else that Christmas celebrates Jesus coming and everything it achieved...
Written hundreds of years before he came along, in the words of the Message paraphrase of the Bible.
“For a child has been born—for us!
the gift of a son—for us!
He’ll take over
the running of the world.
His names will be: Amazing Counselor,
Prince of Wholeness.
His ruling authority will grow,
and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.”