Children, We’re over halfway through Advent have you done your Christmas shopping? What about your preparations for Jesus’s coming?
Advent is that time in the church which tells us that Jesus is coming and so prepare ourselves.
Why not sing the “Advent Candle Song”
AMID ADVENT’S RISING TASKS We’re over halfway through Advent.
Is your Christmas shopping all done? Mine almost is. There’s still lots to do though which suggests now is a good time to share with you this little gem. It’s a parody of that well known part of St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, the part often read at weddings. I came across it a few years ago and offer it in the hope it will help keep us focussed on what Advent is preparing us for: the love made visible in the Word made flesh.
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family or friends I am just another decorator. If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of mince pies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautiful table but do not show love to my family or friends, I’m just another cook. If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, friends and everyone I meet, it profits me nothing. If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing all the carols but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss my loved ones. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens. Love doesn’t yell at the kids to keep out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Computer games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf cubs will rust, but when I give love I give what God gave in the first Christmas present: Jesus his Son, love made visible.