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Feather's Miscellany: Some Thoughts For Advent

...As a Christian, I believe my spiritual self is a part of a greater whole. In common with the spirits of other people it can be a great force for good in the physical world in which I live...

John Waddington-Feather presents some inspirational thoughts for this important time in the Christian calendar.

Each season has its own message in the Christian Calendar. Each season connect the metaphysical, the spiritual with the physical. And it starts with Advent, the season of looking forward, the season of a promise and prophecy fulfilled, the season of god the Creator manifesting himself as a human being as he outpours himself in Jesus at Christmas. It’s a mind-blowing event, as it was meant to be, yet it came in not in pomp and ceremony, not in a regal setting, but in a stable behind a pub. And, I believe, that is how God enters all of our lives, as a paradox.

The concept of a greater Creator Being beyond ourselves is hard to grasp. Some ignore it altogether and confine themselves one way or another only to what they can experience with their senses in this finite world. And who can blame them, if they are comfortable and secure and can reason things out? But not for me. I know my mind is fallible and my reason could lead me astray as it has done great and small alike over time. Moreover, I experience frequently the presence of the Being who created me and have done since I was a boy.

We know – to a little extent – how this world and the universe it is part of came into being. We know a little how it works and that we are very much a part of it. Over time our bodies have evolved from it and are part of a natural order, mathematically exact and not random. Yet our bodies die and return to the earth. They are finite, mortal. But what of our spirits, that other dimension of our make-up?

As a Christian, I believe my spiritual self is a part of a greater whole. In common with the spirits of other people it can be a great force for good in the physical world in which I live. It forces me to reach out to and try to live up to ideals based on love. In other words, the good inside us is drawn to a greater love outside ourselves, the love of God, with whom that inner love communicates through prayer and the understanding of Scripture.

But back to Advent, when that greater love appeared as a helpless baby on earth and depended on the human love of his parents to survive. (Another paradox). May we all this Advent examine ourselves to see how we can aspire to draw closer to the greater love of God, and become more like the Christ-child whose life and teaching showed us what we might become; and continues to help us to understand more fully the God who created us in the first place..

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