Advent Reflections 2018 : Day 12 : Timeless?

There are some pieces of art that seem timeless to me, like the drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci. Likewise there are some stories that stand the test of time; Narnia, Lord of the Rings and Robin Hood which will all make their own appearances in this series…

There are pieces of music that stick with me too; Holst’s ‘The Planets’, ‘Linger’ by the Cranberries and the soundtrack to ‘The Snowman’. Speaking of ‘The Snowman’, the classic seasonal offering from Raymond Briggs, there are also some things that just aren’t timeless – like the David Bowie intro that was replaced by Father Christmas a few years later.

I wonder how ‘timeless’ we consider advent to be?

If it’s important for us to prepare for the coming of Christ then what are the timeless ways in which we do that? (answers in the comments or on a postcard please).

I leave you with a timeless quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God travels wonderful ways with human beings, but he does not comply with the views and opinions of people. God does not go the way that people want to prescribe for him; rather, his way is beyond all comprehension, free and self-determined beyond all proof. Where reason is indignant, where our nature rebels, where our piety anxiously keeps us away: that is precisely where God loves to be. There he confounds the reason of the reasonable; there he aggravates our nature, our piety—that is where he wants to be, and no one can keep him from it. Only the humble believe him and rejoice that God is so free and so marvelous that he does wonders where people despair, that he takes what is little and lowly and makes it marvelous. And that is the wonder of all wonders, that God loves the lowly…. God is not ashamed of the lowliness of human beings. God marches right in. He chooses people as his instruments and performs his wonders where one would least expect them. God is near to lowliness; he loves the lost, the neglected, the unseemly, the excluded, the weak and broken.
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas

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