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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Believing the Mystery

"Saint Bernard declared there are here three miracles: that God and man should be joined in this child; that a mother should remain a virgin; that Mary should have such faith as to believe that this mystery would be accomplished in her. The last is not the least of the three."
(From Martin Luther's Christmas Book, collected in Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, edited by Nancy Guthrie, page 26)
The last is not the least. Belief in the impossible must itself be the greatest miracle. And it is one that we can witness in ourselves this Advent.

May God's grace be on us, that we may believe the Mystery, that we might be a miracle.


This Sunday is the first Advent Sunday. We'll be lighting a purple candle, reading Scriptures, and singing carols to begin our focus on the month-long anticipation of Christmas, the great celebration of the Incarnation.

As the days of Advent pass, we'll be filling up our Jesse Tree with ornaments and meditating on a Jesse Tree devotion. How are you meditating on the Mystery this Advent?

"There is such richness and goodness in this nativity that if we should see and deeply understand, we should be dissolved in perpetual joy." (Ibid)






2 comments:

Quotidian Life said...

We are enjoying readings from Guthrie's book as well. Actually, we've just begun with George Whitefield's meditation (actually more of an exhortation, I think) on Sunday.

Sharon said...

I've been writing Sunday School lessons to take the kids through five Sundays studying some of Isaiah's prophecies that were fulfilled in Jesus: Branch from Jesse; Son of a Virgin; Preacher of Light (good news); Servant who bears sins; and Servant who brings justice. We just finished these last Sunday. I am so thankful to BSF's study of Isaiah, without which I could never have planned and written these lessons and their materials.

We've also been practising for our church nativity which I wrote. Everyone has a part. It's a bit scary doing something like this but I am banking on cuteness carrying the day if anyone stuffs up. Getting more nervous as we get closer to the Nativity/Carols service tomorrow.

Sharon

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