Encouragement for the Journey 8 December 2013

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Encouragement for the Journey 8 December 2013

Encouragement for the Journey

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Greetings Advent Traveller,

Storytelling is once more becoming an enjoyable aspect of our modern society. An aspect of storytelling which is often forgotten is stories may be told many times over. Each time they are told, the hearers and indeed the teller will get something new. So I thought why not re – tell my Encouragement for the Journey from this time last year.

Frederick Buechner, in his book: Whistling in the Dark writes: ‘The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment.’ This quote propels me into the expectation of participating in mystery. For Advent and the familiar story of the birth of Jesus are shrouded in mystery.

If we focus on believing every aspect of the traditional Christmas story as fact, we miss something very powerful, namely, that during Advent we are being invited through metaphor and symbolism to prepare ourselves to participate in our own inner journey of becoming, namely, being ready to birth the Christ within, to engage fully with life.

Often we hear the words that human kind is on a grand search for meaning and significance, to somehow understand why we are here at this moment in history. There is another way of looking at this, through the words of Joseph Campbell in The Power of Myth, were he suggests that as humans we are not searching for meaning, rather we are seeking to experience meaning, to feel being alive.

I find that helpful, for it dovetails in with Advent, reminding us that we might have knowledge of the Jesus birth stories, but the power of the stories is the experience we have that gives us the rapture of being alive, namely what happens in our physical world resonates within our innermost being. We desire congruency and authenticity on the journey of life.

In hearing the familiar Christmas stories, allow your-self a moment to reflect:

What affect are they having upon your inner world?

What new experience of Christ might be happening for you?

What is seeking to be born anew in your life?

 Meanwhile Peace and Joy on your advent Journey

Alf