Sunday, 27 November 2016
Mixed Feelings at Advent
World events and National events, political, financial and Acts of Nature have all played their part in turning the world on its head.
Added to this two of our small church family have suffered the loss of a spouse, and in one case the death of a lodger in really tragic circumstances.
This morning I read a blog from a regular visitor to my site who had not blogged for a few weeks, to discover that her husband had died suddenly two months ago.
She is a quiet reticent blogger who writes (unlike me) when she has something worth saying, and is clearly in very deep distress. It is at these times when I would like to be able to simply turn up on a real instead of a cyber doorstep and offer at the very least a hug and a shoulder.
On this occasion I can't even light a candle and offer prayers at St. M's for her since I am out of action due to a beast of a cold.
Obviously I have and will continue to pray for her (and those others I mentioned) at home but feel the need to go somewhere where the very stones are steeped in the prayers of centuries.
Yet, under all the weight of sadness I can't help feeling the stirring of (possibly quite unjustified) hope.
May the peace of Advent enter into the darkest of places this and every year.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 8:40:00 pm