Saturday, December 04, 2021

Bonhoeffer: Advent

Saturday, December 4, 2021
    Commemoration of Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, Founder of the Little Gidding Community, 1637
    “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
    —Luke 2:14 (NIV)
    Advent is a time of waiting. Our whole life, however, is Advent—that is, a time of waiting for the ultimate, for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth, when all people are brothers and sisters and one rejoices in the words of the angels: “On earth peace to those on whom God’s favor rests.” Learn to wait, because he has promised to come. “I stand at the door...” We however call to him: “Yes, come soon, Lord Jesus!”
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), A Testament to Freedom: the essential writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Geffrey B. Kelly, F. Burton Nelson, eds., HarperCollins, 1995, p. 186 (see the book)
    See also Luke 2:14; Ps. 37:7; Hab. 2:3; Luke 2:25-35; Heb. 9:27-28; 2 Pet. 3:10; Rev. 3:11,20; 22:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant Your people patience to await Your return.
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