End of the Second Week of Advent – What Are We Waiting For?


As the second week of Advent draws to a close all of us continue to wait in anticipation and expectation for the coming of Christ.  Some of us wait with deep yearning in our hearts for a better world in which all things are made new.  Others wait with joyful hearts for the coming of a child whose birth two thousand years ago turned the world right side up.  Our hopes and longings are many and varied as you can see from the posts that have come in this week

Second Monday of Advent – My Violin Advent by Barb Buckham

Second Monday of Advent – Waiting Disagreeably for the Prince of Peace

Second Tuesday of Advent – Waiting Down Under by Andrew Wright

An Australian Christmas Carol

Second Wednesday of Advent – What Does Copenhagen Have to do with Jerusalem by Malcolm Duncan

Second Wednesday of Advent – More Advent Resources

Second Wednesday of Advent – Advent Waiting a poem by Andrew Wade

Second Thursday of Advent – Finding the Christ in Christmas by James Prescott

Second Friday of Advent – Waiting Without a Calendar by Kristin Tennant

Waiting for the Lord – Music From Taize

Waiting for the Homecoming of God – A Liturgical Reflection

Those of you that missed the earlier posts may also like to check out the reflections from the first week of Advent

The First Sunday of Advent

First Monday of Advent: Reflections from Mosaic Bible and Lynne Baab

First Tuesday of Advent: Waiting for a Job – Reflections by Coe Hutchison & Judy Naegeli

World AIDS Day – What Are We Waiting For

Shifting Your Wait: An Advent Reflection by Jason Fowler

First Wednesday of Advent – Waiting: A Reflection by Julie Clawson

First Thursday of Advent – Actively Waiting in Newness of Life – David Bayne

Waiting for the Advent of Light – Christine Sine

Advent Reflections by Karl Westerhoff on the Loss of A Daughter

Let Our Eyes Be Opened – Advent Reflection by Kimberlee Conway Ireton

First Saturday of Advent: Holy Waiting – A Reflection by Liz Dyer

You may also like to check out some of these other entries with Advent resources

Celebrating Advent With Kids

Daily Bible Readings For Advent

The Coming of the Lord is Near – An Advent Meditation Video for 2009

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6 Responses

  1. I quite like this poem

    The Folly of Love by Colin Gibson

    There’s straw in the manger and babies in danger,
    some shepherds possessed by the folly of love.
    The register’s ringing, the shop choirs are singing,
    it’s bargains galore in the folly of love.
    It’s midsummer madness and everyday badness;
    the usual scene for the coming of Christ.
    It’s parcels and wrapping, it’s father caught napping,
    and children awake in the folly of love.

    It’s suntan and lotion, it’s surf and commotion,
    it’s sand in the sandwiches, folly of love.
    It’s crackers and candles, it’s shorts and it’s sandals,
    plum pudding in summer, the folly of love.
    It’s friends and relations, it’s neighbors and nations
    enjoying a moment of peace and goodwill.
    It’s crowds at the local, old aunties gone vocal,
    and “house full” signs out, O the folly of love.

    It’s families united, it’s grandmas delighted,
    it’s long-distance calls in the folly of love.
    It’s caravans, camels and fellows in flannels,
    three kings chasing stars for the folly of love.
    It’s postcard Madonnas receiving full honors,
    Saint Nicholas wearing a cotton wool beard.
    It’s trees hung with baubles, angelical warbles,
    and God come to earth in the folly of love.

    ___
    “The Folly of Love takes off from St. Paul on the foolishness of God, marvelously mirrored I think in our frantic behavior at Christmas.”—Colin Gibson, New Zealand poet and composer

    Cf. 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, where Paul writes that God’s foolishness is stronger than human wisdom.

    L. Wm. Countryman, ed., Run, Shepherds, Run: Poems for Advent and Christmas (Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse, 2005) 76-78.

  2. […] Sine has put together a great blog project with a series of posts by various authors on Advent. If you feel like you need a little help refocusing on waiting for the […]

  3. I was pointed here by Ed Cyzewski-

    Lovely resource for this Advent Season. It’s a joy to read the articles and posts here. I’ll link here from my blog. This month, I too am focusing on the celebration of Advent Season, at my blog, and this is a new foray for me. What a pleasure it has been!

    Have a blessed season.
    your fan,
    Lisa

  4. Lisa, Thanks for the words of encouragement. What is your blog address.

  5. […] Lastly, Christine Sine has been up to her seasonal blog compilations again, and my piece on "Patience in a Time of Distractions" is up on Godspace as part of her series What Are We Waiting For? […]

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