December 4, 2015
O Almighty Father, fountain of light and salvation, we adore thine infinite goodness in sending thy only begotten Son into the world that, believing in him, we may not perish but have everlasting life; and we pray thee that, through the grace of his first advent to save the world, we may be made ready to meet him at his second advent to judge the world; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
—Bishop William Walsham How (1823-1897)
H/T The Rev. Kendall Harmon, at TitusOneNine
December 3, 2015
“Not everyone can wait: neither the sated nor the satisfied nor those without respect can wait. The only ones who can wait are people who carry restlessness around with them and people who look up with reverence to the greatest in the world. Thus Advent can be celebrated only by those whose souls give them no peace, who know they are poor and incomplete, and who sense something of the greatness that is supposed to come, before which they can only bow in humble timidity, waiting until he inclines himself toward us – the Holy One himself, God in the child in the manger. God is coming; the Lord Jesus is coming; Christmas is coming. Rejoice O Christendom.
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer
via Patrick Comerford’s blog and his Dec 2 Advent Devotional
image credit: Joe Quatrone, Jr.
December 2, 2015
I’ve fallen in love with a new Advent song from the Worship team at the downtown parish of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City.
They’ve got an album availble called Permanent City
I’ve fallen in love with the song In Silence.
You can learn about the album and listen to samples here
You can download it for FREE at Bandcamp:
December 2, 2015
“The only people whose soul can truly magnify the Lord
are people like Elizabeth and Mary — people who acknowledge
their lowly estate and are overwhelmed
by the condescension of the magnificent God.
from John Piper’s excellent Advent devotional on the Magnificat
Art Credit: Web Gallery of Art. Mariotto Albertinelli. Visitation, 1503. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
December 1, 2015
In a sermon preached in Barcelona on the first Sunday of Advent, 2 December 1928, Bonhoeffer said:
“Celebrating Advent means being able to wait. Waiting, however, is an art that our impatient age has forgotten. It wants to break open the ripe fruit when it has hardly finished planting the shoot. But all too often the greedy eyes are only deceived; the fruit that seemed so precious is still green on the inside, and disrespected hands ungratefully toss aside what has so disappointed them.”
– h/t The Rev. Patrick Comerford in his Advent blog entry yesterday
November 30, 2015
From yesterday’s Advent devotional at Biola’s FANTASTIC online multimedia Advent calendar, an excellent Advent prayer:
Lord Jesus, as we enter into this Advent season, we confess to You our brokenness and dependency. We confess to You our spiritual wanderings and distracted hearts. We confess to You the darkness of our souls without the rescue light of You, our Savior. “Create in us a clean heart” (Psalm 51:10) and a prayerful posture of dependence upon You, the living Word, light of humanity, Divine Initiator, filled with grace and truth. Illumine our way in this Advent season. Amen.