Advent Daybook, 4: Following in the footsteps of Nicholas

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Nicholas gives dowry money , Radul, 1673-74. Fresco, Church of Saint Nicholas, Monastery of the Patriarchate of Pec, Kosovo. ( source )  Today is the Feast Day of Saint Nicholas. Read this excellent post at  Art & Theology :  The Real Saint Nick .

Nicholas gives dowry money, Radul, 1673-74. Fresco, Church of Saint Nicholas, Monastery of the Patriarchate of Pec, Kosovo. (source)

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Nicholas. Read this excellent post at Art & Theology: The Real Saint Nick.

Music for today: "Carol of the Birds", a traditional Catalonian carol  (Read here for some beautiful history of what's been called "the most beautiful music created by man".)

Listen and bring witness against Jacob’s family”—
this is God’s Word, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!
“Note well! The day I make Israel pay for its sins,
pay for the sin-altars of worship at Bethel,
The horned altars will all be dehorned
and scattered around.
I’ll tear down the winter palace,
smash the summer palace—all your fancy buildings.
The luxury homes will be demolished,
all those pretentious houses.”
God’s Decree.
“Listen to this, you cows of Bashan
grazing on the slopes of Samaria.
You women! Mean to the poor,
cruel to the down-and-out!
Indolent and pampered, you demand of your husbands,
‘Bring us a tall, cool drink!’
“This is serious—I, God, have sworn by my holiness!
Be well warned: Judgment Day is coming!”
”O Lord God of hosts,
how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
You have fed them with the bread of tears
and given them tears to drink in full measure.
You make us an object of contention for our neighbors,
and our enemies laugh among themselves.
Restore us, O God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved!”
”Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.

But when the Day of God’s Judgment does come, it will be unannounced, like a thief. The sky will collapse with a thunderous bang, everything disintegrating in a huge conflagration, earth and all its works exposed to the scrutiny of Judgment.”
— Amos 3:13-4:2a (MSG), Psalm 80:4-7 (ESV), 2 Peter 3:8-10 (MSG)

* 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).

prayers for today: 

It is not that the Lord is slow in fulfilling his promise, as some suppose, but that he is very patient with you, because it is not his will for any to be lost, but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9, NEB

Dear Father in heaven, we thank you with all our hearts that you have given us your living promise. We thank you that again and again our faith can receive a clearer vision through this promise. For you have promised that at last the greatest day of all will come, will conquer the whole world, and bring salvation to all people to the glory of your name as Father throughout all nations. Strengthen us in every way, especially when we are in need and distress. Strengthen the sick and those who are tempted. May they wait in expectation for fulfillment of the promise, and may they see help come. May your name, Lord God, be honored among us. May your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as in heaven. Amen.
— Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (1842–1919), via
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: grant us to perfectly know thy Son Jesus Christ as the way, the truth and the life, and that, following in the footsteps of friends like Nicholas who loved the poor, the weak and the young, and who gave what he had to enrich those who had but little, we may faithfully walk in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
— Third Reformed Church, Holland, Michigan

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Listen to Handel's Messiah. As you listen, pray for all of those suffering loss and seeking justice in our world right now. Include yourself.

(see all Advent daybook posts from 2016 here)