Flavours of Christmas - Advent 1
Welcome to our Advent series.
Over the next four Saturdays we’ll share prayers based on flavours of Christmas. This will be a companion resource to our Counting Down to Christmas, which also started today. This offers daily emails throughout Advent on the theme, ‘A Pinch of Spice’.
Flavours of Christmas will not have a paywall on it - meaning you can share this series with friends or family.
The season of Advent is a time of preparation for the arrival of the celebration of the coming of Christ. The first day of Advent is marked four Sundays before Christmas Day. Throughout Advent I’ll offer two prayers each week based on a few flavours of Christmas. Use the prayers included in the resource on the Sunday or in the week ahead.
you are one of the smallest towns
in the nation of Judah.
But the Lord will choose
one of your people
to rule the nation—
someone whose family
goes back to ancient times.
The tradition of gifting honey goes back to Ancient Egypt. Honey at Christmas has been incorporated into the customs and traditions in many countries and church traditions. As well as gifting honey itself, honey is used in many Christmas dishes including honey glazed ham, nougat and gingerbread.
A gift of spice was amongst the gifts brought to Jesus’ by the Magi. In ancient times, spices were valuable and highly prized. In more recent centuries, as today’s Christmas traditions became established, spices became one of the most significant flavours of Christmas. Spices appear in both sweet and savoury dishes at Christmas including Christmas cake, Christmas mince pies, mulled wine and turkey seasoning.
Spoonful of Honey Prayer
From ancient times to the present, humans have enjoyed and appreciated honey. Honey has complex and nuanced flavours and not only tastes great, but also has healing qualities. As we prepare for the coming Christmas, we reflect back to ancient times, and the first Christmas. The birth of Christ might be an old story, but it is alive in us today.
Taste a spoonful of honey and pray for Jesus Christ to be at work in your life this Christmas, bringing flavour to your hopes and your actions. If times are hard for you, pray for God’s healing hand in your current circumstances. Extend your prayer to the needs of others.
A Pinch of Spice Prayer
A little pinch of spice can make a big difference to the flavour of a dish. We are reminded as we head towards this Christmas, of the impact of the birth of a tiny baby over 2000 years ago. In the Christmas story from the Bible, we read of the impact of the small and humble. A young girl, a poor carpenter, an animal’s feed trough, shepherds guarding their sheep… How often God uses something small to do something wonderful.
Take a pinch of spice and smell it or add it to your food to taste. What are the small offerings you can bring to Jesus this Christmas? What can you offer to God to be used to help others? In a one sentence prayer invite God to be at work in your life in small ways and to take your small offerings and use them to make something wonderful.
I’d love to have you join us Counting Down to Christmas, or if you’ve received this 5 Senses to Prayer Virtual Prayer Room for free, I’d love to have you join me every week for experiential prayer ideas.
May you have a blessed and enlightening Advent
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