Soaking in the bathtub my thoughts wandered into considering how the events leading to Christ’s birth fitted into God’s eternal plan. My thoughts were visual: trying to “see” the full extent from Creation to the New Heaven and the New Earth, ie Genesis to Revelation.
The word “continuum” came to mind. In addition to meaning "a whole made up of many parts," continuum can describe a range that is always present.” Also, “a continuous series of closely connected events.” And “a coherent whole characterized as a collection, sequence, or progression of values or elements varying by minute degrees”.
An element of this is time, both chronological and kairos time, which God uses to fulfill his purposes. Time is a tool for God. It can be a tool for us, though can enslave us too. Here is an interesting four minute video which discusses chronos time and kairos time in Christian spirituality:
Christmas 2020 may be different on the surface but its truths remain unchanged: that God came to earth in human form to commence the most significant phase of his eternal plan. We can reflect on how the pace of this continuum picked up, culminating 33 years later.
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One week late, here is the prayer used in the Church of England for Advent Sunday:
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.