Advent is a journey of hope, and joy and peace. A journey which is much needed at this troubled time in our world.
St Brigid in practising the outrageous hospitality of God gives us the example we need to focus on. There seems to be so much bad news at the moment that it seems difficult to focus on anything good but this is the season of joyful preparation and also a season of great hope. A hope that peace will soon come to our troubled world so that all people can live together in harmony.
By preparing for and celebrating Advent we can open our minds and hearts for the beautiful celebration of the coming again of our Lord at Christmas and of looking towards his second coming.
There are some beautiful readings and prayers at this time that encourage us to clear away all the negativity and open a space in our hearts for all people, no matter what colour creed or faith. It is also a time to repair and renew relationships with those we know and those who are unknown to us, a time for Love Incarnate to be born again.
We must be ready to receive Him when He comes however He comes so let us all join together in our prayers to be ready to welcome Him again as we celebrate his Nativity but also be ready to receive Him as our King at His second coming.
I hope you like these words I found which are I think inspiring.
The Advent story is a story of hope and mystery, anticipation, preparation, a kingdom of this world and the next, and a king appearing when we least expect.
A story of Heaven touching earth, the footsteps of the divine walking dusty roads as once they did in Eden and a people searching for a Saviour and walking past the stable with open eyes and hearts that this might be an Advent of hope to all the world.
I wish you all a blessed Advent.
+Sheila Mother Prior