Reflections on Advent

"Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten.  It wants to break open the ripe fruit when it has hardly finished planting the shoot.  But all too often the greedy eyes are only deceived; the fruit that seemed so precious is still green on the inside, and disrespected hands ungratefully toss aside what has so disappointed them" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas

"A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes - and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas

"Jesus stands at the door knocking (Rev. 3:30). In total reality, he comes in the for of a beggar, of the dissolute human child in ragged clothes, asking for help.  He confronts you in every person that you meet.  As long as there are people, Christ will walk the earth as your neightbor, as the one through whom God calls you, speaks to you, makes demands on you.  That is the great seriousness and great blessedness of the Advent message.  Christ is standing at the door; he lives in the form of a human being among us." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas

"While it is good that we seek to know the Holy One, it is probably not so good to presume that we ever complete the task." -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas

"We have become so accustomed to the idea of the divine love and of God's coming at Christmas that we no longer feel the shiver of fear that God's coming should arouse in us.  We are indifferent to the message, taking only the pleasant and agreeable out of it and forgetting the serious aspect, that the God of the world draws near to the people of our little earth and lays claim to us. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, "The Coming of Jesus in Our Midst" -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas