Setting Up for Advent
We’re midway through the penultimate month of a most peculiar year that has brought enormous change and revelation, globally and inidividually. Last year, I didn’t even celebrate Christmas and this year, the season of Advent has never felt more important to observe.
Why is it so important to celebrate Advent? Because it focuses on hope and boy, do we need hope! Around Easter this year, I was deep in prayer, fasting, and seeking answers. I asked God what could bring our broken world some hope and peace and God gave me a one-word answer: Jesus
Our Gospel passage to meditate on this week is such a beautiful invitation from the Gospel of Luke to focus on the hope that God provided us with through His son:
The Birth of Jesus
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (Luke 2:8-15)
Strife or Peace?
The 5 of Swords for the Tarot part of this meditation brings us a reminder that we are free to choose between strife/animosity and peace. If we choose peace, it usually means walking away from a battle that our pride would have us stay in until one party is utterly crushed.
The 5 of Swords is known as a card of strife. However, the Venus in Aquarius energy associated with the 5 of Swords is a detached form of compassion. It’s a love that always looks to the Highest Good and allows us enormous amounts of freedom, provided we don’t allow our pride to shut us down to this possibility.
Going back over the gospel passage the words that stood out the most for me were the Shepherds talking about going to see ‘this thing’ that the angels have talked about.
The birth of the son of God is a ‘thing,’ meaning it happened here in the physical realm. If you like, you could try making this your two-word meditation or mantra for the week ahead: this thing, this thing, this thing…
I hope thinking about ‘this thing’ fills you with joy and hope enough in the week ahead to walk away from any other thing. Especially if that other thing is a thing that would steal your peace.