Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God,
the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ
with righteous deeds at his coming,
so that, gathered at his right hand,
they may be worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Collect for the 1st Sunday of Advent
Perhaps the time for running is past. I can’t see too many of our Sunday assembly literally running forth, even to meet Christ at his coming. The spirit may still be willing but the flesh is weak!
But if the flesh is weak, all the more reason for attending to the state of the spirit. If we long for the Lord’s coming then let that longing dominate our choices and actions in these coming days of Advent, and help us dedicate time and energy to recognising what he means to us. Let the longing for him counter those things that would tempt us away from Advent-ing with him, and rob of us of the sense of real and new celebration when Christmas does come.
Those who still can run know the importance of training for the main event. Those who spend more time in their armchairs need to remember that too!