The start of advent is a bit like Alice going down the rabbit hole… We begin a journey. This journey could just involve a lot of chocolate, last minute internet shopping and stressing over impending family visits. Or, it can involve looking back over the year (and what a year it’s been) while entering into the awe and wonder of the nativity story in preparation for Christmas day. Like Alice, this series of reflections will include meeting a variety of characters and exploring ourselves as much as anything else.
At the start of advent, I often think about the character of Mary. Mary reminds me of Alice as she enters Wonderland – not entirely sure where she’s heading or what lies ahead… The magnificat (Song of Mary) is a fascinating insight into part of Mary’s story…
My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his handmaiden: For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his Name.(Book of Common Prayer)
Alice and Mary both started a journey of wonder and mystery. If you would like to do the same this advent then these posts will be going out daily at 7am on the anewloom blog, the anewloom facebook page and via LinkedIn.
Take a few minutes to still your heart and mind and reflect on how you might engage with the wonder and mystery of Advent…
What other metaphors can you think of for advent?
What metaphor might best describe your journey through 2020?
Do you resonate with Alice, or perhaps one of the other characters from the story?