advent. the waiting.
i’m loving this jesse tree celebration we’re going through as a family this year. it’s blowing the dust off the waiting. i love how Ann Voskamp writes. it’s how i want to celebrate the season – simply, fully.
i’m big on nostalgia. but i’m remembering this year just how revolutionary the birth of Immanuel was. said Dietrich Bonhoeffer in an advent sermon seventy years ago: “do you want to be delivered? that is the only really important and decisive question which advent poses for us. does there burn within us some lingering longing to know what deliverance really means? if not, what would advent then mean to us? a bit of sentimentality. a little lifting of the spirit within us? a little kinder mood? but if there is something in this word advent which we have not yet known, that strangely warms our heart; if we suspect that it could, once more, once more, mean a turning point in our life, a turning to God, to Christ–why then are we not simply obedient, listening and hearing in our ears the clear call: your deliverance draws nigh!”