To all my travelling companions on this special journey …
Today we light the second candle of our Advent wreath: the Bethlehem candle which represents faith and reminds us of the journey that Mary and Joseph undertook from Nazareth to Bethlehem in order to meet Roman census requirements and, more importantly, in fulfilment of what the prophets had foretold.
In a Godly Play room, the Holy Family is a centre of focus for other stories as they hold deep significance for our faith. Their story is the story of the re-creation of the Universe for, from Mary’s womb, new life comes; not just a new life but the new life of God for the whole world.
Christ’s incarnation changes everything: it changes the way we understand ourselves, each other, the Creator, and the created world around us.
The Holy Family is the focus of attention in the Christmas story with the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem setting others on their own journeys too: the shepherds travel from nearby fields to see if the Good News that they receive from the angels is true, and the wise men travel from afar to bear their gifts to the newborn King.
As we light the second candle today, I wonder what journeys you will be undertaking during this time.
~ Will you be heading off to visit with friends and family?
~ Will they be coming to visit you?
~ What journeys do you remember from your past that hold special significance?
~ What trips might you be looking forward to?
~ And what new life might the Christ-child open up for you?
Yours in Christ