Puritan Quote

“Advent, like its cousin Lent, is a season for prayer and reformation of our hearts. Since it comes at winter time, fire is a fitting sign to help us celebrate Advent…If Christ is to come more fully into our lives this Christmas, if God is to become really incarnate for us, then fire will have to be present in our prayer. Our worship and devotion will have to stoke the kind of fire in our souls that can truly change our hearts. Ours is a great responsibility not to waste this Advent time.”
- Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac, p. 187

2 thoughts on “Puritan Quote

  1. “Our worship and devotion will have to stoke the kind of fire in our souls that can truly change our hearts.”

    Yes and amen. I personally resist the Advent, Lent, and other religious seasons because they both place an unscriptural liturgy in observances and they also are a shadow of the law.

  2. So do I Rick, but I do use them to focus on their spiritual meaning. Balancing legalism and devotion is a constant battle if we are weak in the area of self-righteousness. However, if we look at our works as merely rubbish in light of God’s grace then I’d say half the battle is won. There is no religious works we can do that will bring honor and glory to God unless it is all by His grace.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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