Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Wonder

N.B. All of the following 19 blogs are because I am reading ‘Do Nothing, Christmas Is Coming’ by Stephen Cottrell, ‘an advent calendar with a difference.’

Have you ever spent any length of time watching the stars? They are fascinating, beautiful, far too many to count. And on that first Christmas there was a star shining, brighter than any of the others we have seen. With what wonder must those first travellers; the vast assembly of wise men from lands afar (yes, there were probably more than three wise men); have gazed upon that first Christmas star, the one leading them to the child: the most important person they were ever going to meet. The star that guided them night and day, across desert, field, town and country to the King of all the universe! What awe must have filled them as they travelled, thinking about the King that they were going to meet. I wonder what visions of great palaces and mountains of wealth and goodness filled their heads as they travelled.

And when they arrived, (after making a short stop at Herod’s palace) they found small boy. A tiny child, whose eyes would have filled with wonder and curiosity at the sight of these strange travellers, bearing gifts quite un-useful for a toddler. How much would Jesus have known at such a young age, and what treasured memories would have been stored up in the hearts of Mary and Joseph. All parents must wonder what their child is going to be like when they grow up. Jesus was the Saviour of the World, but in what capacity. What marvellous things was he going to do? It was no wonder that Mary seemed hurried to get him started at the wedding at Cana. She’d been waiting 30ish years since the Angel first visited her, giving her the news that would change her life forever. Did she know that in 33 years she would watch as her son was brutally tortured and nailed on a cross to die? I wonder.

DNCIC recommendations for today:
• What stars are you following? What do you really want to get out of life? It doesn’t say on anyone’s gravestone, they wished they’d spent more time at the office!
• What angels will visit you today? What messages are you listening to? Those siren voices complaining that you aren’t good enough, rich enough, clever enough, attractive enough? Or the voices of affirmation that say to you, like they said to Mary, that God thinks you’re OK, that he has a purpose for your life, that he can be alive in you. The word angel means ‘messenger’. There are messages for you today.
• And why not buy a real ever-new, evergreen Christmas tree in a pot this year, and then you can keep it for next year too!
• If you have a cut tree, make sure you recycle it! 90% never are!

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall!” Larry Wilde
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