Speaking of Advent waiting

December 12, 2011 — Leave a comment

And the man of all sorrows, he never forgot
What sorrow is carried by the hearts that he bought
So when the questions dissolve into the silence of God
The aching may remain but the breaking does not

Andrew Peterson [lyrics from his song, The Silence of God]

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It is not objective proof of God’s existence that we want but…the experience of God’s presence. That is the miracle that we are really after. And that is also, I think, the miracle that we really get…

Frederick Beuchner

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Many of us are in an ideal place to begin Advent, but we don’t know it. It can be tempting to think that, because we are struggling these days, we can’t enter into Advent without a big change in our mood or without distancing ourselves from our real experience. Nothing could be further from the truth. Advent is about letting God come to us. We do the letting and God does the coming. .. We are tempted to prepare for Advent by cleaning everything up first – by, in effect, saving ourselves first. Our opening to Advent is to realize we need saving and to accept the saving love of our God.

Creighton University Advent devotion

This Week’s Special
The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.
Exodus 20:21

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