Quotes compiled by David Roseberry—for more Advent quotes, see this year’s post on LeaderWorks.
“For outlandish creatures like us, on our way to a heart, a brain, and courage, Bethlehem is not the end of our journey but only the beginning – not home but the place through which we must pass if ever we are to reach home at last.”
O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice!Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
–traditional Advent hymn
A prison cell in which one waits, hopes,…and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent.
Waiting is a period of learning. The longer we wait, the more we hear about him for whom we are waiting.
The church set aside this four-week pre-Christmas season as a time of spiritual preparation for Christ’s coming. It is a time of quiet anticipation. If Christ is going to come again into our hearts, there must be repentance. Without repentance, our hearts will be so full of worldly things that there will be ‘no room in the inn’ for Christ to be born again.…
–John R. Brokhoff
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
–2 Corinthians 8:9
Let’s approach Christmas with an expectant hush, rather than a last-minute rush.
My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself. He is the great iconoclast. Could we not almost say that this shattering is one of the marks of His presence? The Incarnation is the supreme example; it leaves all previous ideas of the Messiah in ruins. And most are “offended” by the iconoclasm; and blessed are those who are not. But the same thing happens in our private prayers.
–C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
He became what we are that he might make us what he is.
The only people whose soul can truly magnify the Lord are… people who acknowledge their lowly estate & are overwhelmed by the condescension of the magnificent GOD.
Advent: the time to listen for footsteps – you can’t hear footsteps when you’re running yourself.
…All this was a long time ago, I remember,
And I would do it again, but set down
This set down
This: were we led all that way for
Birth or Death?
There was a Birth, certainly,
We had evidence and no doubt.
I had seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like
Death, our death,
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.
–T.S. Eliot (from Journey of the Magi)
“Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; So that, at the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal.”
–The Book of Common Prayer
Canon David has over 35 years of local congregational ministry, diocesan and national involvement, leadership, and ministry experience and is the founder of Leaderworks. He was the founding Rector/Pastor, Christ Church, Plano and currently serves as the Strategic Leader and Dean, Diocese of C4SO.