32 Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Fathers good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
Today I started with the Bible quote, and I particular, the first phrase. We should not be afraid, because our God is pleased to give us his Kingdom.
As we reach the end of Advent, we are so near to being given his Kingdom. The arrival of God’s son, Jesus, which we celebrate tomorrow, is the key to that Kingdom. If we can but believe, we can be part of that Kingdom.
Today, Nouwen reminds us that God wants to join us on the road. God sent his son to us so that we can feel that God is with us – a fellow traveller, as those on the road to Emmaus found. By being human, he shared our experience. By being God, he had the power to save us.
Advent is almost over. The strong feeling at the start of Advent that we should shun anything Christmassy has been gradually replaced with a feeling that carols, shopping and cards can be avoided no more. Friends and colleagues who we won’t see tomorrow have already wished us a “Happy Christmas.” Resistance is, as they say, futile.
But it isn’t over yet. There are a few hours left. A few hours to put our house in order. As we either rush round preparing for visitors, or rush to visit, we are still preparing. Never let us forget that. Take a few moments to am “am I truly ready?” Take a few moments to pray “Come, Lord Jesus.” As the collect we prayed at the start of Advent said, “give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light.” Ask ourselves “could we perhaps spend just a few more minutes polishing that armour?”
I’d like to thank each and every one of you who have read any of my posts. I’d like to thank Pam for organising my fellow #adventbookclub tweeters and bloggers. And, most of all, i pray that each of you and those dear to you will have a blessed, holy Christmas.