Prince of Peace
Passage: Isaiah 9:1–9:7
“All the Advent preparation in the world would not be enough unless God were favorably disposed to us in the first place.
“Advent is designed to show that the meaning of Christmas is diminished to the vanishing point if we are not willing to take a fearless inventory of the darkness.
“The disappointment, brokenness, suffering, and pain that characterize life in this present world is held in dynamic tension with the promise of future glory that is yet to come. In that Advent tension, the church lives its life.” - Fleming Rutledge, Advent