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The journey of Advent takes us not only to Bethlehem, but to the end of time. One may recall that strange and scary Gospel for the First Sunday of Advent when Jesus is talking about his Second Coming at the end of the world.

That Gospel used to scare me, until I realized that it is given to us to broaden our horizons on our march of faith, and enable us to imagine a different world in the future.

Christ who comes at the end of time is the same Christ who heals the sick, feeds the hungry, and sits at table with the outcast.


God of all that is seen and unseen,

watch over us in our Advent journey.

Open our hearts so that we may prepare the way for you,

and give us the endurance to wait and keep watch.

This pray in Jesus name.  Amen.



Image credits:

AdventJourney photo: Morning mystic - Casey Horner on Unsplash 

Artwork: Adventus - Guess, Michael, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.