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1st Sunday of Advent

November 26, 2016

CREATING ROOM

You know it is said the most accidents happen in areas that are familiar to us – in our own home, in the surrounding area of our house – places that are routine.  Because it is so familiar we function in a type of auto-pilot and we stop being aware because we know what to expect.

May I suggest this same danger is present in Advent . . . because it is familiar.  We know the story – 4 weeks, then Christmas.  Sure, we are told to stay awake, but all these stories have become . . . stories.  We have heard them before and we will hear them again.  They have become part of the routine of our year and worship.

If you recall a few weeks ago, I spoke about this difficulty.  I asked how we put ourselves in the mindset of our ancestors; about how we feel their sense of despair, anxiety and frustration.  Because unless we can do this, then I fear we miss the potency of Advent in our lives today.

CLICK HERE for the readings for First Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44)

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