Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
I recently heard 2016 described as " the rapture in slow motion" - the world has lost so many folk who have used their gifts and skills and artistic genius to enhance life for others. These are the great and the good as well as the ordinary folk known only to you and I.
Leonard Cohen, one of the more recent losses, famously wrote: "Everything has a crack in it; that's how the light gets in."
Perhaps just one of our tasks this Advent, is to rediscover those cracks to allow the light back into the darkness of the world.
Leading towards the light has always been an Advent pursuit - this year, we need it more than ever.
Discovering cracks probably involves getting up close to things, venturing into darkness that we most likely didn't want to encounter so intimately. Often cracks aren't too obvious or immediately visible, so a degree of care and patience is required to reveal them as well as preparation for letting the light shine through once they are exposed.
Preparation, examining closely, intimacy and bringing light - our tasks for Advent 2016,