#Book50ReadAlong: Week Four

Merry Christmas!

I’m so thankful for all of you who have followed along with this Advent read along this season. I don’t have a lot to share with you tonight, as I’m sure you’ve heard Christmas message after Christmas message this weekend. I thought I’d share my favorite passages from this week’s reading and call it a night.

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From the manger in Bethlehem to the cross on Calvary, Jesus moved among the people, came into their homes, touched their blind eyes, and permitted their unfaithful hands to touch him. He taught them profound lessons from ordinary events. He defended the defenseless and opposed the self-righteous. He ate at their tables, laughed with their children, and wept over their grief (Ramsey 159-160).

Advent creates people, new people. We too are supposed to become new people in Advent. Look up, you who are spellbound by the little events and changes on the face of the earth. Look up to these words, you who have turned away from heaven disappointed. Look up, you whose eyes are heavy with tears and who are heavy and who are crying over the fact that the earth has gracelessly torn us away. Look up, you who are burdened with guilt, cannot lift your eyes. Look up, your redemption is drawing near. Something different from what you see daily will happen. Just be aware, be watchful, wait just another short moment. Wait and something quite new will break over you. God will come.

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Advent is over, Christmas is here! The King has come.

Keep Reading, and Merry Christmas,

Sarah

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