Advent Daybook, 17: You'll know he's at the door

My Advent daybook for these 24 days of waiting. Join me, won't you? (see previous Advent daybook 2017 posts here)

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  The Day Before Christmas , Carl Larsson ( source )

The Day Before Christmas, Carl Larsson (source)


music for today: "Hope For Soon"  (lyrics)

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‘Shout and celebrate, Daughter of Zion!
I’m on my way. I’m moving into your neighborhood!’
God’s Decree.

Quiet, everyone! Shh! Silence before God. Something’s afoot in his holy house. He’s on the move!”

—-

“Now listen, daughter, don’t miss a word:
forget your country, put your home behind you.
Be here—the king is wild for you.
Since he’s your lord, adore him.”

—-

“Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors!”

“Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.”

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”Take a lesson from the fig tree. From the moment you notice its buds form, the merest hint of green, you know summer’s just around the corner. So it is with you: When you see all these things, you’ll know he’s at the door. Don’t take this lightly. I’m not just saying this for some future generation, but for all of you. This age continues until all these things take place. Sky and earth will wear out; my words won’t wear out.

“But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows.
— Zechariah 2:10,14, Psalm 45:10-11, Revelation 3:20-22, Matthew 24:32-36 IMSG)

* Sunday Scripture readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). Daily Scripture readings are taken from the Book of Common Prayer (Year 2).


prayer for today:

Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20, RSV

Lord our God, we are your children, who come before you and stand in your presence. Be with us and be our light in all situations of life, in all hardships and grief. Be our light, as you have always been. Reveal your power so that the world may know you as we have come to know you. Give us joyful readiness to persevere until your day comes, for the brightness of your day will shine through all darkness and will end all evil, to the glory of your name. Amen.
— Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (1842–1919), via Plough.com

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(see all Advent daybook posts from 2016 here)