Monday, 29 November 2010
Advent Sunday and beyond
So it is here, Advent,to my surprise and maybe to you to? Advent Sunday before December 1st. I always think of it as being the 1st December with the mad dash for the window and the chocolates.
A time of waiting and expectation, I heard at church.
Recently on TV there was a documentary programme on 5 people embarking on a faith journey called the big silence. 5 people went on a 8 day silent retreat.
It was fascinating to watch as I saw a little of it. One guy said he heard God speak to Him and say:I've always been here,it is just that you haven't been listening. Powerful stuff.Powerful answers for the powerful questions.
The question is: will we wait?
Will we have the wait of silence, the pregnant pause before delivery at this time of advent?
The breakthrough moment.
The challenge given yesterday was to have a time of silence (for a period of time) waiting each day during advent.In the big Silence programme it was 20 minutes a day after they got home from retreat.
Sit or be somewhere comfy.
Waiting in expectation.
I wonder what will happen?
If we dare to be empty handed, and hold on a wait,what gift we will receive?
A bit like waiting for Christmas, really.
At least, I think this is how it is meant to be.
Anyone else in for a bit of eager expectation at this time of advent?
I will keep you posted.