Advent 2: Anticipation

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And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
    and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
    they shall obtain joy and gladness,
    and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35:10)

One of the most important things about Advent is that it is a season of waiting – but this waiting isn’t a passive waiting. We’re not hanging about until the 25th December – it is a season of waiting, but a knowing waiting. We know not just happens on Christmas morning but how the story progresses – we’ll journey through the year knowing that Jesus is incarnated, before (spoiler alert!) being crucified, resurrected and ascending to heaven. This knowledge *should* affect how we live and how we approach the Christmas story. Even on the short, dark days of December, there is something magical about the knowledge of what is around the corner.

The greatest Christmas film ever is, obviously, the Muppets’ Christmas Carol, and one of the greatest songs on an already great soundtrack is ‘One More Sleep to Christmas’ – to me, this song speaks about that sense of active waiting, of anticipation and of magic.

There’s magic in the air this evening
Magic in the air
The world is at her best, you know
When people love and care
The promise of excitement
Is one the night will keep
After all there’s only one more sleep ’til Christmas

The world has got a smile today
The world has got a glow
There’s no such thing as strangers
When a stranger says “Hello”
And everyone is family
We’re havin’ so much fun
After all there’s only one more sleep ’til Christmas

‘Tis the season to be jolly and joyous
With a burst of pleasure we feel it all right
It’s a season when the Saints can employ us
To spread the news about peace and to keep love alive

“Merry Christmas, so long!”

There’s somethin’ in the wind today that’s good for everyone
Yes, faith is our hearts today, we’re shinin’ like the sun
And everyone can feel it, the feelin’s runnin’ deep
After all there’s only one more sleep ’til Christmas
After all there’s only one more sleep ’til Christmas day

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