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The first sunday of advent

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“Advent” is from the Latin word for “arrival” or “coming,” and is traditionally celebrated over four Sundays in preparation for the celebration of our Lord’s birth. In the past I’ve written little reflections on advent, but this year I thought I’d just pass along some words by other saints throughout church history. Here’s one that my pastor shared tonight, and it is well worth pondering.

“For whatever reason, God chose to make us as he has: limited, suffering, and subject to sorrow and death.  He had at least the honesty and courage to take his own medicine.  Whatever game God is playing with his creation, he has kept his own rules and he has played fair.  He can exact nothing from us that he has not exacted from himself.  He has himself gone through the whole range of human experience: from the trivial irritations of family life, and the cramping restrictions of hard work, the lack of money, and poverty, to the absolute worst horrors of pain and humiliation, defeat, betrayal, despair, and death.  When God became a man, he played the man.  He was born in poverty and he died in disgrace and he thought it well worthwhile to do it.”

~ Dorothy Sayers



Written by Michael Duenes

November 30, 2009 at 3:17 am

Posted in Duenes, Reflections

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