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No Room

11. When Mary and Joseph arrived in Nazareth, there was no room in the inn.

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‘There was no room’ makes a sadness well up in me. I have been told of broken lives and relationships that floundered because there was ‘no room’. A heart rejected, a job made redundant, a love mislaid or a plea forsaken.

We proclaim grace unlimited but can act as if for someone else there is ‘no room’. The Advent call is to repentance and restoration. If you have signalled ‘no room’ how do you repent and restore?

Mary and Joseph

3. About 2000 years ago, there was a young Woman called Mary, and a young Man called Joseph.

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Specific in a time, specific in location and specifically for two people. Ordinary in their culture the story is set. On one hand pinpointed within history and yet unremarkable in the persons involved. The incarnation is place in time and yet seemly random in Joseph an Mary. They are not who we would choose in salvation’s vision but they are where the story becomes real, beyond prophesy. If these two,  why not you?bYou are also a part of God’s involvement in humanity specific in a time and specific in location.
Give thanks today for your blessings today. But then dwell on what can be in the Kingdom of God here and now.

God made…..!

2. God made all things: the sky and the land, the heavens and the earth; and they were good.

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I recall a response that always comes to mind when I hear the phrase: “God is good!” My knee jerk reaction is, “All of the time!” When you look at the creation stories the regular phrase used is, “and God saw that it was good.” Advent is a time when we may look at all that is amiss in the world but recognise that ‘goodness’ is an element of the spirit of God. An Advent theme is repentance but also an acknowledgment that we seek what is good in the world, that even in the tainted and ugly situations we may bring the lovely and good. Jesus found the kernel of his Father’s goodness and grace in the most unlikely of people.

Today look at the most tainted events in the news and look for God’s grace embedded there, pray that goodness may prevail.

In the Beginning.

1. In the beginning there was God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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The focus of Advent would usually be the coming of Jesus at Christmas and His return. Yet as we retell the Christmas story through the Huddersfield Parish Church Advent calendar the writer of our account begins with the opening from Genesis: “in the beginning”. We are asked then immediately to broadens out our vision straight into the Trinity. We are taken from the beginning of creation and drawn into the fuller Jesus story; our very salvation. So as we wait for the coming we should remember “God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit” is with us on the anticipated journey.
Pray at the start of this Advent journey for God accompanying us through the retelling and our thoughts that develop

Servant King

 

Saturday 24 December

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The baby was wrapped in bands of cloth an placed in a manger.

This is, of course, the same person whose body would be wrapped in strips of cloth and placed in the tomb.

As a baby and as the adult servant King helpless and dependent on others. Giving up himself to the wills of humanity. God still comes to us, emptying himself so that we might meet him.

Can we ever be as vulnerable as him?

Can we open ourselves to the will and love and life of God as he meets us this Christmas?

Almighty God, who has power beyond all that we can comprehend, you meet us in the form of a  tiny baby and broken body. By your Holy Spirit, enable us to put aside all pride and so to be ready to welcome you as Mary did with open arms. Amen.