Advent 2010 – 1

William Holman Hunt: The Light of the WorldImage by freeparking via Flickr
Advent, that time of year where traditionally Christians look forward not only to celebrating the birth of Christ, but also look forward to His return. But does that just mean the second coming, when he will wind up all that is and renew it into perfection? Not really, not if you take on all that “the kingdom looks like this” stuff that Jesus said.
I am reminded of a carol which often gets seen as a children’s carol – until you stop and read the words that is and then its beauty can been seen for all of us – O Little Town of Bethlehem.
It says:
“Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight”

“So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may his His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.”
Our world can be a difficult and dark place, but the coming of Christ offers us hope and light. We are called to  step out of our depth and receive Him still – stretching out our hands to do his work and see his glory in the small and the big things of our lives.

He is our everlasting hope, the joy of our lives, the Saviour of the world.

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