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Friday, December 05, 2008

Advent Simplicity, light and beauty- Friday Five


"Imagine a complex, multi-cultural society that annually holds an elaborate winter festival, one that lasts not simply a few days, but several weeks. This great festival celebrates the birth of the Lord and Saviour of the world, the prince of peace, a man who is divine. People mark the festival with great abundance- feasting, drinking and gift giving....." (Richard Horsley- The Liberation of Christmas)


The passage goes on, recounting the decorations that are hung, and the songs and dances that accompany the festival, how the economy booms and philanthropic acts abound....


But this is not Christmas- this is a Roman festival in celebration of the Emperor....This is the world that Jesus was born into! The world where the early Christians would ask "Who is your Saviour the Emperor or Christ?"


And yet our shops and stores and often our lives are caught up in a world that looks very much like the one of ancient Rome, where we worship at the shrine of consumerism....


Advent on the other hand calls us into the darkness, a time of quiet preparation, a time of waiting, and re-discovering the wonder of the knowledge that God is with us. Advent's call is to simplicity and not abundance, a time when we wait for glorious light of God to come again...


Christ is with us at this time of advent, in the darkness, and Christ is coming with his light- not the light of the shopping centre, but the light of love and truth and beauty.



What do you long for this advent? What are your hopes and dreams for the future? What is your prayer today?
In the vein of simplicity I ask you to list five advent longings....




As always, let us know in comments if you play. Post a direct link to your blog entry in your comment using the following formulation: <a href="the url of your blog post goes here">what you want the link to say goes here</a> For a complete how-to, click here.

The picture came from One Exposure and the thoughts were inspired by a sermon in Iona's book Candles and Conifers

46 comments:

  1. I played here

    Wishing everyone advent peace and blessings

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  2. I played here this morning.

    Thank you Sally.

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  3. Good morning - thanks Sally. YOu helped me ponder something that I think is the starts of my Christmas sermon on HOPE!

    I played here....

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  4. I played at my place, no pictures and no link as I can't get fancy while blogging illegaly from work :-(

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  5. it's been a while since i've played but i couldn't resist posting my longings here.

    Thank you Sally!

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  6. It's been a long time since I've done a Friday Five...but finally today, I played.

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  7. Thank you, Sally. This was a lovely way to start the day. My "Advent longings meditation" is here.

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  8. Longing, and praying here

    Thanks for a thoughtful FF.

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  9. I think this is my first time back and, like everything else, not exactly on target. Or maybe precisely on target. These days, hard to tell. Anyway, I sort of played here.

    Sally, thank you for the opportunity to reflect in this way.

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  10. Thank you for a Friday Five that helped me engage in some good values clarification this morning. I played here.

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  11. Thanks Sally, the intro was beautiful. I'd love to use it in my sermon on Sunday. I longed here

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  12. I played here Thank you Sally, what a great FF!

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  13. Thanks, Sally, for this thoughtful Five. It helped me take a load off!

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  14. I'm afraid mine is a bit more darkness than light, at the moment - but so Advent may be, sometimes. I played here.

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  15. i played, if not terribly prolifically, here

    it's been a while. thanks for this topic to come back to!

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  16. wow, Sally! I hadn't planned on playing and can't right now at this very moment, but will be back later. This especially intrigues me since Richard Horsley was one of my professors at UMassBoston and later on, when I was at Harvard Divinity School, he crossed the river and offered several classes and seminars.

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  17. I didn't exactly play, but my post on Wednesday was a bit of longing.

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  18. It's a busy day, but I carved out a little time to play

    Thank you Sally.

    I hope this works!

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  19. O holy night, was this ever a great avenue for reflection - thanks so much for this, Sally!

    I played over at my place.

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  20. Thanks Sally! My longings for myself and the world are here.

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  21. I longthe ages when I had enough time to write all that I had to say. For now, I blog.

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  22. I'm probably the last one to play here. I spent all morning waiting in line to get books signed! In my defense, the artist/illustrator is 91 and there may not be many more chances, and I'm giving the books away.

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  23. Oh Sally what a brilliant Friday Five. I'm glad it's still Friday where you are so I can play :-)
    my longings are here

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  24. Late and tired, but here's my tuppence worth

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  25. Playing late today.
    Tomorrow is the town Christmas Parade and Hubby and Flash will be in it. We had a high today of 20 I think. Brrrrr.

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  26. I am a day late but I have wanted to join you all in this -
    http://unwrittenwrites.blogspot.com/

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