THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Thirdly, TRANSITION is a buzz word used about the birthing process and many other life changing events. In this Advent season we may be led into a new phase of our journey towards Christmas. We have consciously asked Jesus to COME to us, to be with us. We have prepared our souls making ROOM, sweeping out, as it were, the petty concerns. The expectant couple does all this in anticipation of a new child. The cot, the swaddling clothes, decorating a new room even. And reading up on how to actually do this thing called parenthood. As the big day draws near there is a movement away from them to him/her. There is a TRANSITION from our need, come Lord Jesus and our preparation to make ROOM to the Child itself.
What will he be? We are welcoming a new, real, human being.
In the Rogers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, the hero Bill greets the news he is going to be a father singing My boy Bill, which wonderfully captures the mixed emotions of an expectant father as suddenly the world changes for him with the reality of having his own child to care for. My boy, Bill! He'll be tall/And tough as a tree, will Bill! (you can see it on You Tube)
So too in this third week we can take time to contemplate God’s action of the Incarnation. God as Frail Flesh. Another song, What if God were one of us; a hobo on a bus? captures the seeming impossibility that God would stoop so low; surely this is not God the Almighty, the King of Creation. Contemplate the Christmas cards that present the nativity as a scene from a cartoon. Contemplate the nativity as a real event and not a reality show. Make the transition into the real world of first century Israel and the real world of people in our world given no room to spend the night and deliver a baby.
From Lesley McLean National Prayer and Spirituality Coordinator
Our vision is of a world where God's love is shown through loving, respectful,
and flourishing relationships.
- To promote and support married life
- To encourage parents in their role to develop the faith of their children
- To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer,
worship and service
- To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life
and the protection of children
- To help those whose family life has met with adversity
Mothers Union Prayer
We thank you for your love so freely given to us all.
We pray for families around the world.
Bless the work of the Mothers Union
as we seek to share your love
through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life.
Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship,
and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world.
In Jesus' name. Amen
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Thought for the Week
from Anglican Mothers Union Australia
Sunday 15th December
O Morning Star
Splendour of Light Eternal,
O Radiant Dawn, O Dayspring from in High,
shining with the glory of the rainbow,
come and waken us from the greyness of our apathy
and renew in us your gift of hope.
—Jim Cotter ‘Cries of Advent’ No 16.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness-on them light has shined.
May the Light of Christ shine into the darkness of the vulnerable in South Korea’s society.
These ‘little ones’ are the focus of the support given by members.
Orphans and the unemployed and homeless are given hope.
Thanks be to God.