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Monday, 30 November 2015

So Long November



Advent prepares us for the coming of Christ. And do you know what prepares us for advent? 

November. 

November, a pretty impressive metaphor for, "darkness and the shadow of death." 

November, which features: the end of significant amounts of daylight, new depths of cold, named gales, wind that sets off car alarms, wind that makes every journey by foot twice as wiggly and thus twice as long, wind so intense it breaks your car door and ends up trapping you in your own car, forcing you to clamber over the gear stick in an uber-undignified manner (#truestory), the end of upright bins, the fine rain that soaks you through, the catsanddogs rain that only arrives when you're on a bike, hail, the interminable search for gloves, frozen fingers, frozen windscreens,  lateness induced by frozen windscreens, blindness caused by unnecessary use of fog lights, blindness caused by fogged up glasses, Black Friday, Black Friday Week, premature playings of that Slade song, Adele's song wherever there are sound waves and wherever there aren't premature playings of that Slade song, coughing, sneezing, other people coughing and sneezing near you or on you, X Factor, X Factor Xtra, Xtra XFacta Xtream, chapped noses, chapped lips, numb toes, embarrassingly straggly facial hair and inside out umbrellas. 

Yep- November's over. It's spelt out the allegory loud and clear, and it's made us ready.

We're ready for the Light shining in the darkness; we're ready for the Sunrise from on high.

Advent (noun): The arrival of a notable thing, or person. 


O come, thou Daybreak, come and cheer,  
Our spirits by thine advent here;  
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,  
And death's dark shadows put to flight.  

Rejoice, rejoice! Immanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. 

(Here is a more serious treatment of the same subject...)  

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