Sir William Nicholson Tate Gallery
This is the first Sunday in Advent. We watch and we wait for the coming of Jesus. There are other more usual and beautiful symbols of Advent- the candle, with its light shining in the darkness or the wreath with its bright berries and green foliage, the circle of eternal life. However, this Sunday, this year, these well used and ordinary boots say something to me of Advent too.
One of the Bible readings for today in Mark 13:35 speaks about the need to keep ready. “Therefore, keep awake–for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn.” These boots suggest to me a readiness in ordinary things to go out and meet the master. They have been left outside in the weather suggesting that the wearer will return soon. The laces are undone and the feet can slip in easily and quickly before the laces are pulled tight. They used to be army boots but are now used for making gardens. We wait in Advent, but in an active, expectant way, ready to go out and respond to glimpses of new divine possibility and creation.
Lord God, Thank you that you are with us. Thank you for your promise to give us new life. Bless us this week to get ready for the birth of Jesus. Bless us to search hopefully for new signs of your presence in our lives and our communities.
We ask in Jesus’ name,