You have read today about the “four paths” children may set out on: friendship with God, formal moments of grace, loving service of others and joy in creation.
As adults, we may have explored some distance along these paths. We may no longer entirely think as a child – as St Paul put it. However, the question to put to ourselves is not, “How advanced are we along these paths?” That way leads to pride and self-satisfaction, as if there is nowhere left for us to go. The truth is, none of us is very far along any of these paths.
One question I find helpful for myself is, when I think of these four paths, am I being childish and refusing to grow; or, am I being child-like, and allowing God to take me by the hand and lead me where God wants me to go?
How can I love God more deeply?
Am I open to God’s grace when I receive Holy Communion each Sunday?
Do I recognise Christ when I serve others?
Do I feel God’s presence in the beauty of God’s world?
Next Sunday, the Advent journey begins.
If you’re well prepared and read ahead, there are some things in Jesus the Child We Worship to ponder when you come to Church on Advent Sunday. There’s also a reflection for St Andrew’s Day, which happens to fall on Sunday as well (although our lectionary gives you the option to transfer St Andrew to Monday December 1). You may like to read the first few pages this week, so that you won’t be swamped come Sunday.
Or, you may just like to take the readings as they come. The book will work that way too.
I have only a few print copies left. Click on BUYING THE BOOK (https://adventbook.wordpress.com/buying-the-book/) to access the internet order form.
Likewise, St John’s Books (http://www.stjohnsbooks.com.au/ or phone 08 9335 1982) have nearly exhausted their supply too.
Click on http://www.stjohnsbooks.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=6173 to go direct to the book.
Call into the shop in Highgate Court, Queen Street, Fremantle, to collect them in person.
Otherwise buy the E-BOOK in the version that suits your device. Click on https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/453685. The e-book costs $US 3.99, and I’ve tried it both on the Kindle and the i-Pad. It works well for daily reading and looks good in both formats. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an email version if you really don’t want to use the Smashwords site.
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