“Oh that You would rend the heavens and come down…” (Isaiah 54:1)
An increasing challenge for those who treasure the Christian year is preventing Advent from being swallowed up by ‘Christmas’ before it has begun. Our high streets, pubs and restaurants, TV adverts and supermarkets with their incessant seasonal ditties know or care little for Advent.
This is not one of those carps about the increasingly practical atheism of a contemporary western Christmas. Many Christians seem loath to pilgrimage through Advent and embrace too quickly mangers and carols.
It’s easy to see why. Key Advent themes clash with our cultural expectations, and urge us to think about things we’d rather not think about. Advent doesn’t easily ‘sell well’.
For the full article by Rev Dr Martyn Atkins is the general secretary of the Methodist Church please follow the link :-