Monday, December 12, 2011

WIW: Thoughts on Advent!

"In eight days, we shall celebrate Christmas and now for once let us make it really a festival of Christ in our world...It is not a light thing to God that every year we celebrate Christmas and do not take it seriously.  His word holds and is certain.  When he comes in his glory and power into the world in the manger, he will put down the mighty from their seats, unless ultimately, ultimately they repent."

~Sermon to a London church on the third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 17, 1933

"Only when we have felt the terror of the matter, can we recognize the incomparable kindness.  God comes into the very midst of evil and death, and judges the evil in us and in the world.  And by judging us, God cleanses and sanctifies us, comes to us with grace and love....God want to always be with us, wherever we may be--in our sin, suffering, and death.  We are no longer alone; Go dis with us.

~The Coming of Jesus in Our Midst by D. Bonhoeffer

1 comment:

Barbara H. said...

Good thoughts to contemplate. It's always a marvel to me, when I really stop and think about it, that God stepped into such a "mess" to redeem us.