Prison & Advent

by adustyframe ~ December 22nd, 2014

When I was on Facebook the other day, I saw this quote on the Angel Tree page.

A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes…and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom

has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1943

At first, I scrolled right by. If I’m honest, I’ll tell you that thinking about prison still makes me shudder. I didn’t want to associate it with my Christmas this year. I just want to be in a “this is behind us” bubble.

I thought about the quote more later and realize that it’s a good picture.

We could not do anything to change our situation without Christ just as a prisoner cannot do anything to change their situation. They must wait and hope and pray and expect a miracle or patiently wait until the time comes for freedom.

I don’t come from a tradition that celebrated Advent so I’m not going to expound on these thoughts anymore lest I get it wrong! But still good to ponder?

Lizzie

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