Advent Word 2022, Day 22 ‘Purify’ 潔淨

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‘“Purify our conscience almighty God, by your daily visitation….”.

So begins the collect for the Fourth Sunday of Advent 2022. We are exhorted to open up space in our hearts, minds, and souls for God’s grace, that we may find the strength and courage to become cleansed crystal clear in God’s sight. How can we manage to do this? Through self-control, prayer, repentance, wholehearted devotion to the ways of Jesus in our daily lives. In return, God sees our potential, continually renewing us with the living water of the Spirit, continually freeing us from guilt and shame. In the imitation of the purity of Mary and Jesus, we are purified so we can nurture our gifts to grow in the Christian life.’ (Elizabeth T. Massey)

Newly-opened & redeveloped Battersea Power Station, Nine Elms, London – containing shops, offices (incl. new Apple campus) and apartments. Opened October 2022.

‘From the 1930s to 1980s, Battersea Power Station was a working coal-fired Power Station. At its peak, it was producing a fifth of London’s power, supplying electricity to some of London’s most recognisable landmarks, such as the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace’.

London was once famous for its smog, the ‘pea-soupers’ of the 50s and 60s. The Great Smog of Dec. 1952 is thought to be the worst air pollution event in UK history and led to several changes in practices and regulations, including the Clean Air Act 1956. Increased concerns about public health, air quality and pollution resulted in the eventual closure and decommissioning of Battersea Power Station.

Purify /ˈpjʊərɪfʌɪ/ verb: remove contaminants from.

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