Advent (the four weeks before Christmas) is an interesting interlude in the church year. It’s a period ofÂ waitingÂ for the celebration of Christ’s first appearance, and it’s also a reminder to be aware that any of us may be confronted with meeting him again, at any time. Â Like Lent, it’s a solemn time of penitence, but tinged with a sense of anticipation.
But mainly it’s about waiting – something we are generally not very good at these days. Â Our vicar’s recent sermon along these lines made me think about what I’m waiting for, and realise, again, the importance of living in the present moment, however frustrating that may be, rather than either wishing the time away until the hoped-for event happens, or dwelling on past glories and set-backs.
My current ‘waiting list’ includes:
- the return of our daughter from four months’ study in Canada
- the arrival of the rest of the family for Christmas week
- responses to emails
- the credit card bill
- the right weather to entice me into a mass of overdue garden jobs
- the safe arrival of two new grandchildren early next year
- being in the right mood to tackle physical and computer-based de-cluttering
- the midnight service on Christmas Eve
- parcel deliveries
- the next series of Borgen, or The Bridge, now that The Killing III is over
- the monthly Premium Bond draw
- the Church of England to get its act together conerning women bishops
- inspiration for the next blog
Whatever you’re waiting for, I hope the good stuff happens for you and that 2013 brings plenty of unexpected pleasures too.