December 3, 2020

Advent IV: There Are Few Words

Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 18, 2012

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

Prayer of the Day
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that would obstruct your mercy, that willingly we may bear your redeeming love to all the world, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

“…let it be with me according to your word.” (luke 1:38)

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sonnet for advent IV

there are few words t’express the warmth i feel
now as i sit before my christmas tree
and know that “all is well and all is well…”
the lord indeed has done great things for me!
i’ve been through winters deep with discontent
the winds have chapped my face and froze my tears
i’ve dreaded dark’s determined hard descent
might overtake the turning of the years
but now the lights are clear and sharp and white
on branches full of fair and fragrant green
the ornaments hang still and golden there
and i, caught up in reverie serene
can only cling to hope, and peace, and grace…
the soon appearance of my savior’s face


  1. Beautiful, Chaplain Mike.

    You captured how I feel on my best days. How I’d love to have that kind of trust on most days.

    God bless you.

    – Steve

  2. At 76 years young I can identify with these feelings.Truely God is good, and has saved me.

  3. I really like “…dark’s determined hard descent”