Advent 23

I trace the wonder through the day: it was found in finding myself awake for a planning chat with my excellent colleagues, in getting out to some very quiet National Trust joy, in the blue sky and big clouds, in the joy of being out of the house again. The wonder came in singing loudly to the Come From Away soundtrack and crying along to the invitation, ‘To the ones who’ve left, you’ve never truly gone, the candle’s in the window and the kettle’s always on…to the ones who’ve come from away, we say ‘welcome to the rock’. For me that’s a wonderful picture of God’s welcome to us and I end up in tears every time I listen as I hear in it the voice of our Maker calling us in from the wind and rain to a cup of tea by an open fire.

Wonder was also found in the green shoots coming up from an expanse of mulch, which reminded me of the third verse of Joy to the World:

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground.
He comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found,
far as the curse is found,
far as, far as the curse is found.

The blessings of those green shoots reminded me that Spring will come, and our Eternal Spring will also come, that these weary days will end and the things we see and know in part we will fully know in all wonder. Phew.

I’m sitting in our spare room waiting for son2 to fall asleep whilst son1 marvels at his new microscope/telescope pen he bought in the gift shop today. He is full of wonder at the detail to be found in looking through the microscope at lots of different book covers and discovering what looks like full colour is actually made up of a whole load of dots. I’m pretty much in awe of that too…

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