Today's #AdventWord 2018 is #sing.

On this 16th day of Advent, the word sing' follows on well from yesterday's word 'rejoice'.

I wonder what this robin is singing? What message are other robins receiving?

The word 'sing' reminds me of one of my favourite Psalms in the Bible. The Psalms are a collection of ancient songs, used in Jewish and Christian worship.

Psalm 96 is a song in praise to God who comes in judgement and mercy. It's opening words are these:
"O sing to the Lord a new song:sing to the Lord, all the earth.sing to the Lord, bless his name;tell of his salvation from day to day.Declare his glory among the nations,his marvellous works among all the peoples.For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;he is to be revered above all gods.For all the gods of the peoples are idols,but the Lord made the heavens.Honour and majesty are before him;strength and beauty are in his sanctuary."Psalm 96: 1 - 6 (NRSV)

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On this 15th day of Advent the #AdventWord is #rejoice.
This elephant seems to be rejoicing in the moment. That is why I chose it for today's word 'rejoice'.
Today happens to be the 3rd Sunday of Advent, sometimes called 'rejoicing Sunday' or 'Gaudete' Sunday. Some churches indicate that this is a Sunday to rejoice by using rose coloured vestments or lighting a pink candle among the otherwise purple or blue Advent Candles.
For those churches that follow the Revised Common Lectionary, at least one of the Bible readings used in church on this 3rd Sunday of Advent gives a reason to rejoice or has a call to be joyful. It provides a more upbeat tone in what can be a solemn season.
How can Christians rejoice when there is so much wrong in the world? When so many people face seemingly hopeless situations that never seem to get better? Isn't that to put our heads in the sand, to use religion as an escape from real problems? What if you are feeling miserable when yo…


On this 14th day of Advent, the #AdventWord2018 is #prepare.

To prepare for Christmas is a task that can be enjoyable, stressful, sad or exciting. It depends on your situation just now.

One of my happy childhood memories is helping to stir together the ingredients for a traditional Christmas pudding. I still love the smell of a mixture of dried fruit soaking in rum or brandy, before the other ingredients are added. Ideally this Christmas pudding preparation should be done a long time before Advent begins to allow the cooked pudding to mature for a few months.

A common question at this time of year is, are you ready for Christmas? To which my answer is almost always, no. Last year, in a post called 'Prepare', I wrote of how Advent is a time to prepare for the coming of Christ and how that involves:

preparation of heart, mind and willcommitment to God's kingdom values of justice, love and peace.What helps you to prepare to celebrate Christmas? What helps you to prepare for the co…