Friday, November 24, 2006

Advent Anticipations

Dietrich Bonhoeffer says that God's coming is first of all "frightening news for everyone who has a conscience." Advent, he says, is compared to a prison cell "in which one waits and hopes and does various unessential things...but is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside."

"The imagery of nativity scenes is not sufficient to explain the Christmas message. Yes, God came into the feeding trough of an animal. But it was not only as a baby that he lay there.

This child was the same man who was crucified on Golgotha, and who rose again. Within the manger lies the cross -- and the hope of redemption and resurrection. To recognize this requires reverence and humility. It requires faith."

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