Never November

november-4pmNarnia under the White Witch’s rule is described as “always winter, and never Christmas”. In our world at about this time of year, under the Mad Marketer’s rule, it’s “always Christmas, and never November.”

November is the time of damp dark when we have to imagine the twinkling lights to come. It’s good to stand in darkness and hope for light. Darkness shapes us as hopeful people and causes us to dig for that single seed of faith that will sustain us until the light dawns.

A world where it’s always Christmas and never November robs us of the anticipation of Advent and replaces it with a feeling dreamed up by a marketing department to sell more stuff. I love the magic of Santa, the mince pies (I do!), the annual bottle of Baileys. I love the first listen to the Christmas playlist and the choosing of the tree.

But let’s relish the delayed gratification of November. Let’s acknowledge the gloom in a spirit of hope and use it to renew our faith – faith that even when the dark seems to rule, the light will dawn.

The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.

*Only 25 sleeps till Advent!


Kingdom Come

For many years now I’ve made it a bit of a hobby to look for tiny examples of the Kingdom being near – but not in the usual places and maybe even accidentally. I don’t want it to be a Christian hijack of culture and I’m not putting Christian words in anyone’s mouths just noticing when the heart of God shows up in unexpected places.

Here’s a new song by Elbow. I have not idea what they think or believe but what a lovely picture of waiting for the boy to come home.

We’ve got open arms

for broken hearts

like yours, my boy.

Come home again.

Apparently there’s a column like this in Christianity Today. I won’t cause them any trouble for stealing my idea.