Monday, 16 December 2013

A Pause in Advent

I was born and bred in Belfast and this is well apparent to anyone who listens to me! I hope it's not as gruesome an accent as the one used by the woeful guy on the Radio 4's Ed Reardon today, but I digress. This is, in short, a city that I love.
Voici St Anne's Square- one of our newest "quarters". It is jam compote full of trendy restaurants and the MAC- our fabulous new theatre/art exhibition space/ restaurant. The square takes its name from the neighbouring cathedral where Black Santa is one of Belfast's cherished traditions. The current Dean of the cathedral wraps himself in a black cape against the frozen north, and collects money from today until Christmas Eve. The money is then distributed to chosen charities and appeals.
This was St Anne's Square on Friday night past. Restaurants and theatre had just been evacuated when the small device in someone's holdall exploded. No-one was hurt, but the estimated cost was put to £5000. Per restaurant. The next day they were open and ready for business.

Political rant over. Now to my Advent thought. I have been trying to have an active Advent. I am trying to use the time to look at this little Belfast life and ask God to incarnate more of Jesus in it. So this week I'm thinking about the family tickets we have for Hatch this Friday night. It's the Christmas show at the MAC in St Anne's Square. Our intention was to have dinner in one of the restaurants beforehand.

Do we cancel our tickets and cower at home and join those who would have us head straight back into the darkness of the 1970s? No. Our intention is still to eat probably in the Potted Hen, the restaurant to the immediate right of the explosion. Then we'll head in to see Hatch. Because maybe Christmas can be about taking a stand. Jesus certainly took a huge one.
Joining Floss and many others more articulate than me!


Jane and Chris said...

Enjoy your meal...your evening...your Belfast.
Jane x

Kezzie said...

He certainly did! I shall still pray that you are safe though!x

Angela said...

Praying your evening is good, happy and safe xx

Amy at love made my home said...

Hello! I'm popping round visiting and saying hello to all of the lovely new people who have commented on my blog recently. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comments. Sorry it has taken me a while to visit! Hope to see you again soon. Happy Christmas. xx

GretchenJoanna said...

Good for you!

Pom Pom said...

I shall also pray that you are safe, my friend.

Gumbo Lily said...

I wish you a lovely evening together. Be safe, God bless.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Mags, I adore Belfast AND your accent! Next time my trip will be planned so I can fully enjoy Christmas and not simply the anticipation.
Hope you're feeling much better.