Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - Christmas At School -

Wait­ing for a bus, wait­ing for a train, wait­ing for an ap­point­ment; these are of­ten wasted times as frus­tra­tion grows and the te­dium of a watched clock passes slowly.

We may pass the time on the mo­bile phone, count the num­ber of cars that pass and di­vide by 42, but we re­ally don’t know how to wait with pur­pose and mean­ing. This is not our cul­ture any­more. The Chris­tian time of ad­vent re­calls a dif­fer­ent rhythm of life; an older and more mean­ing­ful one.

We know it is ad­vent be­cause the shops sell ad­vent cal­en­dars and ad­vent can­dles to mark the last 24 sleeps till the BIG day, but re­ally the first Christ­mas trees have been up for ages and the shop­ping dis­plays and in­ter­net ad­verts with their se­duc­tive “buy me, you – or a loved one – re­ally need me” mes­sage have con­fused our think­ing for many weeks.

So what is this ad­vent time truly about?

Prop­erly it is a time of wait­ing to rejoice in the birth of the saviour in a cow shed in Beth­le­hem; but it is wait­ing with in­tent, pur­pose and mean­ing, not frus­tra­tion wish­ing the time pass quicker.

When we do this, we prop­erly con­sider the dif­fer­ence His life and mes­sage made to the world and has done for two thou­sand years.

The mes­sage of hope: of chal­lenge to power and riches, the sup­port of the bul­lied and the down­trod­den, wrapped up in the an­nounce­ment that the King­dom of God has come.

We pause, we ap­pre­ci­ate, we are grate­ful. This is the pe­riod of wait­ing. May God bless you this ad­vent.

Ken Coul­ter Church Leader Ruther­glen Bap­tist Com­mu­nity Church

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