Advent Reflections 2020

Tuesday 22nd December 2020

                                                            1 Corinthians 13.

As I write this newly engaged my inner bridezilla has been let loose. I am trawling through wedding brochures, setting up spreadsheets and looking at budgets. 

However, like most of 2020 a global pandemic has put a spanner in the works. 

Do we wait patiently and have the day we have dreamed of or have a ‘minimory service’ with 15 family members socially distanced in face masks? 

I am reminded of this famous reading which teaches us, love is patient. God’s love has patiently sustained us through 2020.  At times of grief, illness and risk assessments it’s been hard to see the wood for the trees. But God is love and he brought Jesus into the world as a further expression of love.  Mary and Joseph adopted Jesus into their care through love.

During advent as we prepare for Jesus’ birth we might use holly handwash, sing zoom carols and wear festive facemasks. But we will also have God’s love shining light in the darkness. It is a love that can’t be contained or minimized, it spreads wide and far for everyone to encounter. 

‘Oh and love shone down
over the hills and over the valleys,
oh and love shone down over the world.’

Andy Piercy (b. 1951) and C. S. de Whalley
Reproduced from Singing the Faith 203


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