#adventbookclub – Days 1 and 2

So, we’re off. Advent Book Club is underway. This is where I add another thing to my List of Things to Do… only this one, this is the one that will make me stop and slow down enough during the headlong rush to 25th December. At least, that’s the plan.

Yesterday’s reading, and Pam’s blog post, picked up on the idea that Christmas can be a difficult time for many. In part, I think, motivation for being part of #adventbookclub is that I am trying to take the focus off that one day, 25th. If I can take time between now and then to anticipate the celebration, to think more about the reasons than the trappings of the day, then perhaps the recurrent problems will disappear. Or perhaps not. Perhaps I will be so frazzled after an afternoon of stewarding in church, and the midnight mass, that Christmas Day will really just be a blurry blot of tiredness. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Today, Monday, the key point that’s being made (or at least the one I picked up on) was that the Genesis account of creation, and as echoed in John’s gospel, is not a second best, an explanation for a world’s existence that is for people who ignore science (which is lucky, as that is never an approach I’d take).

And the light, the light shone in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.

This is a terribly hurried post – in between finishing work, going for a run and then on to PCC – so if you want more comment, more in depth ideas, there are other better blog posts on the Facebook page!

Want to join in? We’re reading ‘Beginnings and Endings‘ together. Read along, comment on Twitter (use the hashtag #adventbookclub) or on our Facebook page.


  1. […] The start of the Old Testament and the start of the New Testament. Maggi suggests reading Genesis 1:1-5 and John 1:1-5 today, and thinking on beginnings – and how to choose a place to start. Both testaments start right back at the very beginning. You may be a literalist and believe that the heaven and earth were created all at once – or you may read Genesis as suggesting that God was responsible for the Big Bang and the ultimate existence of everything. Sara ponders a little more on that here. […]

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