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 Advent 2017

Friends; I will be using Walter Bruegemann’s “Devotions for Advent- Celebrating Abundance” for my advent reading, and I’d like to share this Advent journey with you. So I will be sharing some of his devotions with you in coming emails. I hope you’ll join me for the journey…

"Newness Is on Its Way” by Walter Brueggemann

“As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Luke 3:15-16

“John the Baptizer bursts upon the Gospel of Luke. That is because it is Advent time. And whenever it is Advent
time, we get John. It is not yet time for Jesus. This is still the time for getting ready. Getting ready time is not
mainly about busy activity, entertaining, and fatigue. Getting ready time is mainly abrasive…asking, thinking,
pondering, and redeciding.”

“Advent is not the kind of ‘preparation’ that involves shopping and parties and cards. Such illusions of abundance
disguise the true cravings of our weary souls. Advent is preparation for the demands of newness that will break
the tired patterns of fear in our lives.”

“It is no wonder that in the very next verses of Luke 3, King Herod arrested John, imprisoned him, and tried to
silence him. For what John says was dangerous for business as usual. Herod and his company preferred to
imagine that their established credentials were enough, with Abraham as their father. And anyway, they did not
want newness, so they tried to stop the dangerous newness before it ever intruded into their lives.”

This Advent; May the newness that God is bringing into the world in the birth of His Son, Jesus, find our hearts
and lives prepared to “Ask, think, ponder and redecide…” the lives we are living individually and also the life of
First Presbyterian Church Seguin.

Advent Blessings, Pastor Dave