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Praying in Expectation 12/10/08
In a Christmas sermon given December 2, 1928, Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, who look forward to something greater to come. For these, it is enough to wait in humble fear until the Holy One himself comes down to us, God in the child in the manger. God comes. The Lord Jesus comes. Christmas comes. Christians rejoice!”

“When once again Christmas comes and we hear the familiar carols and sing the Christmas hymns, something happens to us... The hardest heart is softened. We recall our own childhood. We feel again how we then felt, especially if we were separated from a mother. A kind of homesickness comes over us for past times, distant places, and yes, a blessed longing for a world without violence or hardness of heart. But there is something more--a longing for the safe lodging of the everlasting Father.”(1)

(1) Edwin Robertson, Ed. Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Christmas Sermons (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005).

May His grace be upon us as we ponder the meaning and hope of His coming to us.

In Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 09 Dec 2008 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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