Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Thread

Fourth Sunday of Advent 

At the beginning of Advent, as we lit the Advent candles, it was shared in a dramatic dialogue that the British Navy used to weave a red thread into their ropes so that their ropes could be easily identified as belonging to the British Navy.
Today we read through a Festival of Lessons and Carols, touching on nine scripture lessons from Genesis through the Gospels, seeing the thread of God's promise of salvation woven throughout the witness.
I also shared the story of the "Footprints in the Sand"
• Advent is waiting for the coming of God, the fulfillment of God’s plan.
• Thread. Footprints in the sand. Today’s scriptures have looked at some of those footprints.
Now I encourage you as you stand there on the beach looking at the footprints with Jesus to look the other direction… the direction of things to come.
In one sense, we know that Jesus will be walking with us as he has the whole time.
And in another sense we walk expectantly, anticipating his arrival, trusting his words after the resurrection Go ahead and we will see him there just as he told us.
So hold these different things in your head: Jesus in the past and in the future, his birth and his resurrection, our present darkness and his coming light. Jesus is the light of the world. He is coming, he is there before us, and we bear his light here and now.

• Good Christian Men, Rejoice 151

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