waiting for Jesus – an Advent-season-prayer-a-day, Day 14, Saturday, December 16, 2017

Note: Advent, from the Latin, adventus, “coming”, is the Christian season of preparation for Jesus’ birth, the heart of the Christmas celebration, and, according to scripture and the Christian creeds, his second appearance on some future, unknown day and also according to scripture and Christian tradition, his daily coming through the Holy Spirit. Hence, the theme of waiting for Jesus is Advent’s clarion call.

O Lord Jesus, I wait this day for the wonder of Your Weakness; You Who demonstrated Your power through Your broken Body on the cross of Your dying,(1) You Who responded to Your Apostle’s cry of anguish, comforting him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness,” cheering him to “boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me!”(2) Why, O why, O Lord Jesus, with the wondrous witness of Your power in Your long-suffering and hard-dying, does this world, Your World continue to follow not You, but its own will and way, thus, suffering long and dying hard in the belief that power is only demonstrated through bellicose words and weapons of bullets and bombs? O Lord Jesus, by Your Spirit, I pray You, in the words of the hymn:

Heal Thy children’s warring madness
Bend our pride to Thy control
Shame our wanton, selfish gladness
Rich in things and poor in soul
Grant us wisdom, Grant us courage
Lest we miss Thy kingdom’s goal.(3)

Amen.

 

Footnotes:
(1) 1 Corinthians 1.18-25
(2) 2 Corinthians 12.9
(3) Words by Harry Emerson Fosdick (1930)

 

7 thoughts on “waiting for Jesus – an Advent-season-prayer-a-day, Day 14, Saturday, December 16, 2017

  1. Wow Paul!! The sentence that jumped right out at me was…..”Power is made perfect in weakness!! Cheering him to boast all the more gladly of my weakness so the power of Christ may dwell in me”. I’ll be repeating this as I drive to my presentation to a Support Group in Ashburn VA.

    I wish I knew why we seem to focus only on the words and weapons that hurt one another! There is medicine to fix so many illnesses too bad their isn’t one to cure hate and abuse of power. I love the words to the hymn and there’s lots of power in them. The sure way to focus on power and weakness is to follow Jesus, and what a wonderful lesson that is for today!!

    Much love!

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    • Loretta, I suspect that we humans focus more on words and weapons that hurt because the result of their use is immediate and life-altering. Moreover, the concept, let alone he reality and demonstration of power in weakness is difficult for many to grasp, much less to practice. When I contemplate power (made perfect) in weakness, I think of when I am most vulnerable, open and honest with another (including myself) and realize that is a demonstration of my conscious choice, in other words, my power to choose.

      Blessings on you and your travels and for you and your presentation this day and for those who will hear and be cheered by you.

      Love

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      • Power to choose is so important! I’m always amazed by how much choice we have in our lives. The difficulty is choosing wisely and with Jesus in mind! Thank you for your Blessings too! It got me through this morning! I was so sick with an upset stomach all morning and when I left the house I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do it. But I did and it was great!! Several people remarked if I was that good while sick they can’t imagine me well!! That made me feel great!!

        Much love!

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