Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

04 December 2010

From "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus" this week

Advent reading
From George Whitefield (page 12)

"And as, my brethren, the time for keeping this festival is approaching, let us consider our duty in the true observation thereof, of the right way for the glory of God, and the good of immortal souls, to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ; an event which ought to be had in eternal remembrance." 

From Martin Luther (page 26)

"We must both read and meditate upon the nativity.  If the meditation does not reach the heart, we shall sense no sweetness, nor shall we know what solace for humankind lies in this contemplation.  The heart will not laugh nor be merry.  As spray does not touch the deep, so mere meditation will not quiet the heart.  There is such richness and goodness in this nativity that if we should see and deeply understand, we should be dissolved in perpetual joy."

2 comments:

Stephanie said...

Loving the book and your blog's new look!
S xx

Meredith said...

Glad you are enjoying the book. Me too. There's the odd one that doesn't strike a chord...but that is to be expected. However it is nice to have some focussed reading to counteract the commercialism.

As for the blog, it is looking all festive at our house as of the weekend just gone (a bit too early for me really but we are having some people from church for a pre-Christmas gathering on Thursday and thought we should get the tree up for that) and so I thought I might as well decorate here as well!
Mx