The reading on Sunday was from Matthew 24 and spoke of a warning of judgement when the Son of Man comes unexpectedly. I was immediately taken back to a song by Larry Norman, an American gospel singer that I have been listening to since my teens.
Those lyrics spoke to a teenage me and still speak to me today. I remember going to see Larry back in Birmingham – a southern American with long blonde hair looking every inch the rock star. The imagery is still strong. “A piece of bread would buy a bag of gold” – this year has seen communities in Syria where hunger has once again been used as a weapon of war.
The meaning of the song has changed for me. The confidence of my teenage self saw it as a call to engage everyone to find out “if they were saved”. Now I want everyone to experience God’s love but know that God is acting before me. I still wish in this Advent that we shall all be ready, ready to receive the love of God. Man may have set a date for Christmas but it is still true that we still do not know the hour of the Lord’s coming. We can always encounter God unaware – let us all be ready.