Rev’d Beth Glover’s Advent prayers and thoughts for Advent 2023 are below.
If you prefer to download the text as a booklet to print and use in your quiet time it can be downloaded below.
Saturday 23rd December
One of the things that always strikes me about Advent is the ‘choices’.
Every person in the Advert story has choices and as heaven watches and waits prior to rejoicing, how important it is that we can see that those choices were to God and for his plan for us of, salvation and the restoration of our relationship with Him.
Mary first, had the choice to refuse to allow God’s Spirit to ‘overshadow’ her so that she conceived. Joseph had the choice to abandon Mary or to believe her incredulous story. Even after the dream Joseph had, he still had the choice to say no.
John the Baptist had the choice to remain silent in the desert or to move out into the world of oppression and paganism and to proclaim Christ, becoming I believe, the first Christian martyr. He was the first to die believing that Jesus was the Christ.
Herod had the worst choice. His smokescreen of believing and wanting to pay homage to the new King was not accepted by the Magi as they went home another way. Herod, unsure of who or where the new King was ordered the destruction of all unweaned baby boys. Was he the devil incarnate or just a cruel threatened despotic King? I think the devil moves in wherever there is cruelty, fear or weakness.
For Herod, the choice was made…and those babies screaming and that of their parents may still be heard ‘even now as a voice is heard in Ramah, Rachel weeping for her children.’
🤔ThoughtI Think perhaps there was a place perhaps of pain……of those who have died at the hands of others, through genocide or events like the Holocaust. But God’s love has silenced it.The people themselves have been wrapped in the love of God now…….but we must never forget the cruelty that caused it and the choices which could have been made.
🙏Prayer Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit on us as we find quiet places to hear your Voice each day. Help us to make right choices and therefore to celebrate your gift of free will to us, In your name, Lord Jesus. Amen.
Advent Angel Tree
There is an angel prayer tree in St Mary’s Parish Church this year where we can remember loved ones who we will be thinking about this Christmas