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advent: learning to wait in an impatient culture

why we desperately need the training ground of advent

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(this is an updated version of a post I originally wrote in 2017)

In a letter to his fiancee Maria von Wedmeyer from prison in December 1943, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote:

Celebrating Advent means being able to wait. Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten...Whoever does not know the austere blessedness . . .

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December 03, 2019

deliverance and rest

lection reflection for 2 Dec 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's readings (Gen 3.1-24 and Mt 11.25-30) expand on the petitions of this week's collect, in which we pray rescue from our sins and God's mighty deliverance. They flesh out these requests by teaching us and reminding us of our need for redemption (from Genesis) and the benefits of God's salvation in Christ (from . . .

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December 02, 2019

the first Sunday in Advent

contemplating collects

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Stir up, we beseech Thee, Thy power, O Lord, and come; that by Thy protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins, and saved by Thy mighty deliverance; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

-- Common Service Book of the Lutheran . . .

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December 01, 2019

contemplating collects

musings on our inherited weekly prayers

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For some time now, the blog Anglican Pastor has featured an on-going series titled, "Collect Reflections" in which the weekly collects from the Book of Common Prayer are posted, explained, and thoughtfully considered.

Those unfamiliar with the term 'collect' might ask, "What exactly is a collect?" . . .

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December 01, 2019

after two months of silence

returning to writing at the beginning of the church year

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It's been two months since I've posted any original reflections or writings. Two months! Where on earth have I been, and what have I been doing? Great questions.

Though much of October, while still reading the daily lectionary readings as part of morning prayer, I was compiling and editing a new daily prayer book that . . .

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November 25, 2019

Luther on casting burdens upon the Lord

"Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you..." Ps 55.22

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Whoever desires to be a Christian must learn to believe this, and to exercise this faith in all his affairs, in physical and in spiritual things, in doing and in suffering, in living and dying, and to cast aside all anxious thoughts and care and throw them cheerfully off. Yet he must not throw them into a corner, as some have . . .

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October 03, 2019

finding God where he promises to be found

lection reflection for 23 Sept 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's Old Testament reading (2 Kings 5.1-19) is one of my absolute favorite accounts in the Old Testament. In it we are reminded of several essential truths that tend to run counter to our own thinking about how God should behave and work. For this reason...

First, we learn that we may find God precisely where he promises . . .

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September 23, 2019

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