Life seems full of waiting and looking forward. We wait for things to change, for opportunity, for love, for a baby, and we are always looking forward to the next holiday, the next season and yes, next year.
On the whole we have little patience for either, we rush to change things for the better and looking back we find, in our haste we made things worse.
As for looking forward sometimes we find our emotions and minds tied up, knotted, especially if we are looking forward with dread or fear for the worst to happen.
Unless our heavenly. Father knows differently in just a couple of weeks time, we shall be changing the church’s colours to purple which is the liturgical colour of Advent the season which looks forward to the second coming of Christ as King. For some of course there will be a question mark against that statement, some not really accepting that He came the first time.
In churches like mine Advent marks the beginning of a new church year when the cycle of set, liturgical readings begins again. That seems appropriate, beginning a new year in the wintry cold we look out for the blooming of the Christmas Rose. if I am honest the Christmas Rose blooms for me everyday, it’s fragrance seems to bless especially those days when I feel down or sad; and the days when I forget to look up, these are the times when the mystery of that fragrant love will simply surround me, and draw my gaze upwards until the eyes of my heart come to rest on my Saviour.
What causes a Christian sadness? Sometimes, I think changes that we cannot understand. The knocks and bangs of change that we never said Amen to, because we never expected them – the happenings in our, so called, ordinary lives are not ruled by any calendar and neither are our spiritual lives, (those parts of us that we like to keep distinct and separate from our everyday self.)
These words are from Mere Christianity by C.S Lewis
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation. Is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
It isn’t that God is wishes to make us better people.
No, it’s more than that.
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be he has not yet made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him. For we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2)
I look forward to that day.