Waiting Is Hard
The Advent season is a time of anticipating the coming of God, in Christ, a time of turning our imagination toward the revelation of God’s love for us. For more than two decades I lost track of I the Christian calendar! Once a rich part of my youth, the rhymes of Advent: Peace, Hope, Joy and Love gave way to modern fashionable worship. In reality what I needed was not not more contemporary adoration but more contemplative devotion.
So as the Christian calendar turns over today and we begin the pilgrimage towards Christmas, I embrace this holy journey which enables me to anticipate and re-tell and re-live, and enter into the Jesus Story — from the crowded stable to the empty tomb.
Observe with me the deeper richer rhythms of Advent, week one, with Scripture and Prayer:
The day will come, says the Lord, when I will do for Israel and Judah all the good things I have promised them. In those days and at that timeI will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line.He will do what is just and right throughout the land.In that day Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this will be its name: ‘The Lord Is Our Righteousness.’ Jeremiah 33:14-16
Pray with me:
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Be formed and moved by the Gospel story this Advent—Shalom...#pkes
Here are a few of the more common Advent themes that maybe celebrated: Hope, Love, Joy, Peace or Victory, Comfort, Joy and Peace
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