Lincoln Advent: 22 December

Advent Prayers, 22 December

O Rex Gentium

O King of the Nations, and their desire;
the Cornerstone uniting both in one:
Come and save humankind whom you formed from clay.

May the God of peace make you completely holy,
ready for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Common Worship, Invitation for the Peace in Advent

All through Advent, we’ve been thinking about what it means to live in the in-between time of Christ Yesterday – Christ Today – Christ Tomorrow. We’ve thought about how Christ hides in our streets, and in the faces of those we meet; in the acts of courage and hope that we see around us, and the everyday kindness that make God’s presence real. Hidden behind all this is God the Creator – shaping our world and nudging us into new life.

We are very close now to welcoming the Christ Child. Soon, we will put children to sleep with lullabies and wake them with Glorias – but first the Kingdom demands another look.

When we seek signs of the Kingdom – bright vision of a world transformed by God’s powerful, all-creative Love – we need to look first for the presence of Christ today.

Steve Guthrie says this:

Wherever Jesus, the bearer-of-the-Spirit goes, life breaks out; not some metaphorical, etherealized, ‘immaterial’ sort of life, either, but real bodily vitality. The lame walk, the blind see, the dead are raised to life, the hungry are fed.

(Steve Guthrie, Creator Spirit, p. 69)

This is not – for me – a question about how we interpret miracles, or what sort of healing we find; but rather, it is a question of learning to see Jesus’ presence in a life that is gloriously lived.

Christ the King is Christ the Liberator – the one who comes to free us from all that deadens, all that makes hope whither, all that turns us against ourselves and each other, and all that makes life shrink. Where Christ goes, life flourishes. Where life flourishes, there is God.

As Christ-today, we are called to give this gift to others: hope for a life that’s worth living, trust in a God who keeps coming, until each one of us is set free.

Today, we pray for roadHoG: the first mobile youth church in South Lincolnshire. We pray for all who gather there, that they may find life in its fullness – God in every hopeful breath.

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