God is in the Manger

I will be posting about Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas , edited by Jana Riess. The first week of Bonhoeffer’s book about Advent ponders the first week as Waiting.

Jesus comes to us not only at Advent but also in the form of the beggar … “He confronts you in every person that you meet. As long as there are people, Christ will walk the earth as your neighbor.”

If we turn from the visage of Christ in our neighbor, dare we receive him in our heart?

“The Advent season is a season of waiting, but our whole life is an Advent season, that is, a season of waiting for the last Advent, for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth.”

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  • Ann F-R

    May we be humble enough to receive him and to welcome others as God in Christ has welcomed us. Thanks for this convicting post! Bonhoeffer’s words challenge us to live anew & with faith beyond ourselves.

  • Dave

    Using this devotional work as a basis for preaching in these next 4 weeks. Love the themes.

  • Clay Knick

    Thanks to your recommendation I’m using this book during Advent.

  • Thanks for the recommendation.

    Sadly, for a book/edition that was released only months before Advent, the publisher (Westminster John Knox Press) might have tried to make sure Amazon had copies to sell.