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Imagining the Lectionary: Come Advent Spirit and enlighten our imaginations (Advent 1B)

Reflection accompanying images “street performer with hoop of fire

"Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come" (Mark 13:33)

As night falls in the centre of Nottingham a street performer entertains the crowds of shoppers with a hoop of fire, whilst her colleague takes a break from juggling flaming torches. Her dexterity with this whirling ring of six flames attracts a circle of fascinated onlookers and holds their rapt attention. She moves quickly with such practised ease that her body and the fiery hoop appear as one. The dancing flames form a revolving circular blur of bright light in the darkness which is enveloping the city centre's neon heart. And her expression conveys a mixture of excitement, delight and expectation.To me this is an image of the Holy Spirit's work during the season of Advent.

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