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quiet anticipation

quiet anticipation

O God, take me in spirit to the watchful shepherds, and enlarge my mind;
Let me hear good tidings of great joy, and hearing, believe, rejoice, praise, adore,
my conscience bathed in an ocean of repose,
my eyes uplifted to a reconciled Father;
place me with ox, ass, camel, goat to look with them upon my Redeemer’s face,
and in him account myself delivered from sin;
let me with Simeon clasp the new-born child to my heart,
embrace him with undying faith,
exulting that he is mine and I am his.
In him thou has given me so much that heaven can give no more.

—from The Valley of Vision, found in Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, how often to you sit quietly and enjoy the season? I am ashamed to say I rarely do as the holidays often call for more hours in the day than seem possible to find. Beloved friend of Southwood and author, Nancy Guthrie, calls us to “quiet anticipation” during the holiday season and has provided a collection of Advent writings from some of Christendom’s favorite writers. Among these are favorite contemporary authors such as Tim Keller, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur and J. I. Packer as well as theologians, Francis Schaeffer, Charles Spurgeon, Martin Luther and John Calvin, among others.

Nestled among twenty-two short readings are gems providing insight and reflection on the value of slowing down and gazing at the wonder of the coming Christ child, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus, will lead you and your family as you see the thread of God’s plan for the redemption of mankind woven through the coming of the lowly baby, Jesus.

Answered among the pages are questions such as, “Can I ever expect peace on earth?, Why is the world in such a mess?, Why am I blessed to be more spiritually related to Jesus than to be His mother or brother?, How can Jesus’ birth help me to let my defenses down and become more transparent and honest about my feelings? and “How can a little baby in a manage possible save the world?”

Helping us to answer the “why” of the celebrations we hold dear at this time of year, Guthrie’s book will impress upon you the richness of Scripture foretelling his birth, enliven your senses to imagine, and sense the wonder of his life, and stimulate you to see how a personal relationship with Him will make a difference in your future. Find a comfortable chair, when all is quiet and anticipate in a new and wonderful way the joy of Christmas.

Pick up your copy of Nancy Guthrie’s Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus in the Tower for $10.