Advent in Narnia: Aslan is Near

Thursday, December 24th, 2020

Follow along in chapter 11 of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

Advent is a season of watching, waiting, and finding ways to enter into God’s plan. The Pevensie children; Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy having entered into Narnia filled the Narnian’s with hope and expectation. They heard the prophecy of four humans, two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve would bring about the return of Aslan! The children were not sure of all they heard but they chose to be part of the community they found. Christmas came to Narnia because of the faith and willingness to see change, repentance, love for one another and to care for one another by the creatures in Narnia and the four children.

Likewise, the first Christmas came because of the power of God and the willingness of ordinary people preparing the way for Jesus’ birth. Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, Zechariah, some shepherds, wise men, and an inn keeper were watching, waiting and willing to be part of God’s plan.

Jesus is coming! Are you ready? Jesus will melt the power of sin, evil and death. Aslan’s return will melt away all the ice and winter is disappointments. The stronghold of the White Witch is slowly coming undone; Narnia is returning to the land that Aslan had created.

On this Christmas Eve, let us be mindful of the power of God’s love and of it being vulnerable; this love is also in our hands now and until the day that Jesus will return. Jesus is Coming! Hallelujah ~Amen!

Questions for Reflection:

• In what ways might your congregation be similar to a small band of forest animals and children? How could this be a strength? How could this be a weakness?

— I feel extremely blessed to be part of a small congregation that loves deeply, loudly and aggressively! Our small church helps the homeless, promotes community involvement and feeds the hungry, physically and spiritually.

• What small role might you be playing to help Christ come into the world?

— I try to be available to people, a shoulder to lean on or a sounding board. I believe in being the literal hands and feet of Jesus, I fail a lot but it doesn’t discourage me from trying.

• In scripture, God often chooses the small, the under-dog, or the younger brother as a leader or change agent. Why do you think that could be?

— God uses the ordinary people for extraordinary things.

~Hope~Love~Joy~Peace~Charlotte

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%201:5-56&version=NRSV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%202:1-20&version=NRSV

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