Well this is awkward. The trouble with writing about a book when you are taking part in Tracing Rainbows Pause in Advent is that, in week one, you have only just started so I (a) do not have the faintest idea what I will be writing about as I haven’t read it yet and (b) will be a week behind for the whole thing – by my – admittedly dodgy – maths. I have decided that the best thing to do is to launch in and hope for the best which is a phrase I live by to varying degrees of success. I thought about cross-stitching it to go into the bathroom. It will certainly go down better than my “If it’s yellow – let it mellow” idea for bathroom art.
To more edifying things. As promised, I have begun to read Tom Wright’s Advent for Everyone; along with everyone else on Twitter. I hate being this late to a party. Am I the only person in the world who has never heard of him? In an attempt to at least get within spitting distance of Advent timings, I have only read the Introduction and the First Sunday reading, sorry.
I have already been struck by his theme for week one – Thanksgiving. So we are going to do Thanksgiving before the actual giving of the gift -which is different I suppose. This is his verse for today.
1 Corinthians 1 v 3-9 Every time I think of you—and I think of you often!—I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus. There’s no end to what has happened in you—it’s beyond speech, beyond knowledge. The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives.
Just think—you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.
This is not quite what I expected from an Advent book. I think I was expecting a count back from stable, shepherds, donkey etc and then a walk through the story. This seems to be different in that it has chosen themes based on the words of the Apostles and will mull over them on the way in to Christmas. So what to be thankful for? That God is with us, alongside us and working for us. The author says that what sets Christians apart is that we can call on the name of Jesus. I am not as good as I should be on calling on the name of Jesus. I bungle though things on my own, I worry about the future and the past and often only call on God as a last resort. Day One and I see that I have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to learn about what God and how much he cares for me.