Christian New Year
Happy New Year! As odd as it may sound, it is a new year for us in the Christian church. Advent is the onset of a new liturgical year. It makes sense if you think about it. We ‘re entering a time of waiting; waiting for the coming of the child who has the potential to change the world; a child who will potentially bring light into darkness, potentially bring hope for the hopeless; and, if any would choose to follow, direction for something new.
This year we will continue in our study of the Gospel of John. Each Advent Sunday will focus on gifts. The Advent candles will represent each of these gifts. This Sunday we focus on “The Gift of Christmas Healing.” The preparation for the coming of the Christ child brought the potential for a different understanding of healing; healing that was not based on a punishing God, but a God who sought to love. This new understanding of God sought to heal the whole person; the heart, mind, soul and body. This new understanding of God sought to heal the whole earth, to complete, or, at the very least, continue the “and it was good” as a balanced and orderly creation. This Sunday we’ll examine both. What does this time of anticipation mean for our own healing? What does this time of expectation have the potential to do in the world? As we light the first candle of Advent, we’ll hear examples of both. To prepare please read John 5:1-18.