This Christmas, dare to step into the margins.
Advent is a time of preparation. It’s a time for seeking the presence of God in our world and watching for the “renewal of all things” (Matthew 19:28).
Two thousand years ago, God’s presence came in the form of a tiny, helpless baby. As followers of Jesus, we believe this child was the Messiah, and that He will come again to reign over a restored earth. During Advent, we turn our hearts and minds to the first and second comings of our King. We ponder the mystery of His advent and what it means for how we live here and now, in the “in-between” time.
As we meditate on Advent, a powerful truth emerges: Christ does not save from a distance. He walked among us. He dwelt with us. He went to the margins. God became flesh (John 1:14). He became poor (2 Corinthians 8:9). He identified with the oppressed and the excluded.
And He calls us to do likewise.
We cannot love from a distance. Christ calls us to follow Him into the margins. Over the next four weeks, we’ll reflect on some of the traditional themes of Advent: hope, faith, joy, and peace. But we’ll look for them in unexpected places—in the darker corners of our world, where the poor and the oppressed, the broken and the lonely dwell.
Because that’s where Christ Himself dwells.
During Advent (from 29th November onwards to Christmas) let’s pray intently for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are refugees, especially from the Syrian crisis. I want to commend you to use the World Vision Advent Prayer Guide 2015 to centre your prayers on this concern – you can download it from this link We’ll be using some of the prayers in our worship services during advent this year.