Friday, December 18, 2015

12/18 Advent daybook, 20: the coming one will come and will not delay

My Advent daybook for these 24 days of waiting. Join me, won't you? (see previous Advent daybook 2015 posts here)

Icon of Second Coming


Hebrews 10:32-39: For, 'Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.' But we are not those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.  


Read this excerpt of an essay written from prison by Jesuit priest Alfred Delp, shortly before he was executed and martyred in Nazi Germany: 
"There is perhaps nothing we need today than to be genuinely shaken up. Where life is firm we need to sense its firmness; where it is unstable and has no foundation we need to know this too and to endure it...Advent is a time when we need to be shaken. The necessary condition for Advent's fulfillment is the renunciation of presumptuous attitudes and dreams through which we build imaginary worlds...Being shattered, being awakened-only with these is life made capable of Advent." (via Watch for the Light

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen. (source)

The Calendar Years
See the lyrics here.

(Also, feel free to listen with me to my ever-evolving Advent playlist or a growing Advent Orchestral/Choral playlist on Spotify.)



prepare a meal for someone who needs it


(see all Advent daybook posts from 2014 here)

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