Thoughts & Texts to Accompany Your Advent

Dec 2

“I’m homesick—longing for your salvation; I’m waiting for your word of hope. My eyes grow heavy watching for some sign of your promise…”[3]

Dec 3

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter

Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun[4]

Dec 4

Waiting as part of community seems more heartening and anticipatory than waiting in solitude, where it can take on a certain dreadfulness.

Dec 5

“To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness.”[5]

Dec 6

“All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs.”[6]

Dec 7

“The experience of each new age requires a new confession, and the world seems always waiting for its poet.”[7]

Dec 8

What was that about being “despised and rejected”? Isn’t that incongruous with the image of the promised redeemer?

Dec 9

Who can pretend to empathize with the nine-month waiting of a pregnant and unmarried, teenage virgin?

Dec 10

Wonder like a child whose expectancy is untainted by the disappointments and broken promises of yesterday.

Dec 11

Did those who were waiting ever picture dirt floors, straw and the smell of animals?

Dec 12

The stuff of expectancy: name choice, nursery colors, and shower registry, somehow seem superfluous.

Dec 13

Anticipation can be so sweet when you’ve heard the angel say, “Fear not!”

Dec 14

“These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance.”[8]

Dec 15

Fresh bread and rich wine prove the sensory power in anticipation.

Dec 16

Now bread and wine remind us as we wait again.

Dec 17

The poetry of longing: yearning, ache, burning, hunger, thirst.

Dec 18

It’s already settled. His name will be Jesus.

Dec 19

Remind us again what the angel promised.

Dec 20

Anticipation’s counterpoint is often-times anxiety.

Dec 21

“Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.”[9]

Dec 22

“a Man of Sorrows”[10]

Dec 23

Prince of Peace

Dec 24

Birth pains

Dec 25


[1] Malachi 4:2

[2] Psalm 74:9

[3] Psalm 119:81-82

[4] “Here Comes The Sun.” The Beatles.

[5] Flannery O’Connor

[6] Romans 8:22a The Message

[7] Ralph Waldo Emerson

[8] Romans 8:23 The Message

[9] a hymn by Charles Wesley

[10] Isaiah 53:3

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