From Revd Christopher Deakin

From The Vicar

Experience the Joy of Advent

‘Fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.’  Luke 2:10

Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas.  The word ‘Advent’ is from the Latin word ‘adventus’ meaning ’coming’.  Sometimes called ‘Little Lent’, it’s a time to prepare our hearts for the future Second Coming, as well as the birth of Christ.  We celebrate the season with advent calendars, candles and evergreen wreaths – symbolising Christ as Light of the world, bringing new and everlasting life.

Here are some simple tips to help you experience and share the joy of Advent!

  • Connect with your inner child: Think back to the time when you were a child, on the simple things that made you happy at Christmas. Focus only on the good and feel the joy of Christmas come flooding back!
  • Keep it simple: This year, go for gifts and cards that share the meaning of the season, shop early and stay within your budget.
  • Be people focused: Remember the story of Mary and Martha – keep meals simple and allow yourself time and space to focus on enjoying the company of your guests.
  • Make room for Jesus: Take some time at the beginning of each day to read your Bible, meditate on Scripture and pray.  Focus on giving thanks to God for His gift of Christ to the world and for all He has done for us.
  • Me Time: God wants us to prosper in body, soul and spirit, so try to eat healthily, don’t overindulge and enjoy the good and simple things in life!
  • Wear a smile and share the joy!  Being joyful is a choice, so decide to be thankful this season. Act and talk positively, do small things with great love, be on the lookout for opportunities to do good to people. 

If people ask you about your joy, don’t be afraid to share your faith. Simply explain to them that ‘Christ lives in my heart, and He can live in yours too.’

God bless you this Christmas season and in the New Year