The draw has just been made for the knock out stages of the Champions League and the Europa League, but we need to wait until February before the next ball. So, after the initial excitement of the pairings, the games are forgotten about while the normal activity of collecting league points goes on.
It was very similar with the World Cup draw, a few weeks ago. But there is over six months to wait before we see any further action in that competition. All we have, for the time being, is the anticipation of the big event that will be taking place.
Of course, the nearer we get to these matches taking place, the coverage they get in the newspapers, on social media and on TV rapidly increases. But by the time the big kick off arrives many have reached saturation point. It’s a bit like waiting for the man in the red suit to arrive on Christmas Day.
Here at H&RBFC every match seems to be a big event as we continue to collect league points at a rapid rate. An average of three per game for the last eight games. As each Saturday approaches the forum has been buzzing with the anticipation of our incredible run continuing. But we all know that each match is just another step towards the end of the season, when we find out if we have achieved our aim or not.
We are now in the season of Advent. This is also a time of waiting, not for our white bearded friend to slide down to chimney, nor the festive meal, but to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Many churches will light a candle on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. On the final Sunday four candles are lit, (who can forget the Two Ronnies “fork handles”) leaving one in the middle to be lit on Christmas morning. The four candles represent – HOPE, PEACE, JOY and LOVE.
When we look around the world at this Christmas time I think most of you will agree that we could all do with a healthy dose of all four. This is the message the angels sang about on that first Christmas night:- Peace and good news to all men.
The fifth Advent candle is to signify that God’s light, in the shape of a baby, had come into the world, an event well worth waiting for. This is why our streets and homes are lit up at this time of year, despite what some of the councils want to call them. They certainly help to lift the gloom during the darkness of winter. Without light, we would be stumbling about the darkness. If you find yourself in a dark place this Christmas, why not ask the Jesus, the light of the world, to shine onto your life’s path?
Wishing everyone a Christmas that is full of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.
Updated 15:32 - 19 Dec 2017 by Rob Overfield