Welcome back to my corner. This is the first installment of the Curate’s Corner. How fitting it is to begin on the first day of the church’s year. In the Church of England, the Sunday prior to Advent is nicknamed “Stir up Sunday” – as referenced in the Collect for that day:
“Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (B.C.P. pg 259)
When we ask the Lord to “stir us up,” we are calling Him to move us from complacency to action. We are saying “get us ready for the arrival of the king of kings and Lord of Lords. The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” As Christians, Advent is a special time of preparation for the arrival of Jesus first coming into this world. This season affords us the opportunity to prepare ourselves in an intentionally.
We make preparations for all sorts of events and periods in life. We prepare for such things as exams for school, and for job interviews; for medical appointments and many of us prepare for marriage and for retirement. Perhaps we can use this time of Advent to prepare ourselves for the Second Coming as we ready ourselves to celebrate His First! Creating an intentional and quiet space for the Lord on a daily basis is one method of preparation. We prepare by spending time with others. In addition, making time for those for whom Christmas evokes difficult and troubling memories is also another helpful way of preparing for Jesus.
I invite you to be intentional amidst the hectic and busy season, remembering that Jesus truly is the “Reason for the Season.” Have a happy and intentional Advent.