Encouragement for the Journey 1 December 2013

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Encouragement for the Journey 1 December 2013

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Greetings Fellow Traveller,

This Sunday sees the commencement of our Advent Journey. Often Advent and Christmas has been seen as just for Children, while us adults look on, with eyes filled with memories, and take delight at seeing children enjoying themselves. However, in our Christmas stories, believe it or not it was the adults who first delighted and celebrated the birth of the Christ child. So for us adults I offer you this poem I discovered this week by David A. Redding, from If I Could Pray Again (1965)

Adult Advent Announcement

 O Lord,

Let Advent begin again

In us,

Not merely in commercials;

For that first Christmas was not

Simply for children,

But for the

Wise and the strong.

It was

Crowded around that cradle,

With kings kneeling.

Speak to us

Who seek an adult seat this year.

Help us to realize,

As we fill stockings,

Christmas is mainly

For the old folks —

Bent backs

And tired eyes

Need relief and light

A little more.

No wonder

It was grown-ups

Who were the first

To notice

Such a star.

 Meanwhile Grace, Peace and Hope on your Advent Journey