An Advent Poem: The Advent of Grace by Teresa Roberts Johnson

December 11, 2014

Anglican poet Teresa Roberts Johnson has two wonderful original Advent poems at her blog Angliverse this year.  They are theologically rich soul food and I’ve enjoyed meditating on them.  Here is the first poem.  I will post the second tomorrow.   Please make sure to click on the link at the end to read Theresa’s information on what inspired the poem.

The Advent of Grace

The sibilant voice poured pride into her soul
While her protector, silent, shirked his role.
The perfect garden at her feet, Eve reached
To pluck forbidden fruit, and thus she breached
The kind decree that promised life and breath,
And opened up her home to pain and death.
For when she said, “Take, eat,” and Adam took,
The curse unfurled, and seas and mountains shook.
Their stolen meal brought famine yet unknown,
Dearth earned for taking what is God’s alone.
The outlaws hid, believing all was lost,
Their eyes now open to the dreadful cost
Of plundering God’s throne, for with that hand
They had instead laid waste to Earth’s fair land.
Still worse, they had estranged themselves from Love,
But God took pity on them from above.
At His appointed time, His Word rang out
To say, “Where are you?” and to bring about
Undoing of the curse that fell upon their head,
Of pain in birth and sweat poured out for bread.
The garden lay in ruins many a year,
Till Advent bells rang out unbridled cheer.
For the power and the glory man had sought
Rest in the Man whose blood their lives has bought.
He freely left His throne to seek and save
The lost; God’s Son was traded for the knave.

Copyright © 2014 by Teresa Roberts Johnson (All rights reserved)

Please click here for some commentary on the poem.


An Advent prayer by Christine Sine

December 11, 2014

I have been remiss in not linking enough this Advent to many wonderful resources, reflections and prayers posted by Christine Sine at Godspace.  Here is one of her illustrated Advent prayers posted at her facebook page recently.

Christine Sine Advent prayer

The final three lines of the prayer resonate deeply with my heart…

Let us come and remember what has been fulfilled.

Let us prepare for what must yet be done.

Let us come to the One who waits to show us love.

So as we come to Christ today, may our time with Him have that threefold focus:

1) REMEMBERING all the promises that have been fulfilled in Him (which gives us confidence and hope in Him regarding the promises which are still far off, unseen…)

2) PREPARING for the work He has given us to do while we wait for His appearing – asking Him for wisdom and direction, receiving His grace and strength…

3) REJOICING in His love, His open arms.  Enjoying our fellowship with Him and delighting in His presence.

Diocese of South Carolina

December 11, 2014

Awaiting result of litigation.  Please pray for Judge Diane Goodstein.

Amos 5:15a The Voice

Hate what is evil, and love all that is good;
apply His laws justly in the courts at the city gates

Our Father in heaven, 

You are indeed a good God, and Your laws are just.  O for the Circuit Court of South Carolina to be a true gate of justice!  Amen.

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