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To understand John the Baptist we have to appreciate his old-fashioned idea that everyone has been compromised by that slithering serpent in the garden and is deserving of God's wrath.
Every Advent, the prophets remind us that God is disgusted by piety divorced from justice.
I think I might hate the week before Christmas.
Kenneth L. Samuel
It is said that people often forget what you say to them, but people never forget how you make them feel.
Emily C. Heath
The church observes Advent not because we hate joy. Instead, we prepare so that we can become more joyful people.
"Pray for your enemies." Only God knows what such prayer might do for those people, but if you've tried it, you know that Jesus' prayer kills the enmity that lives inside your own heart.
Martin B. Copenhaver
Hell—a sense of being forsaken, the absence of God, a place of despair. We have been there. And Jesus has been there.
When Advent preparations pound us into a place far from grace, imagine the preposterous notion that we are already prepared.
If we ever imagined that our healing would be a gentle, quiet thing, the Advent scriptures correct us. It's noisy heavy-lifting.
In our own time, there is a sense that time is winding up.