A Different Kind of Advent

Our dear friend and sister in Christ experienced Advent today, January 14, 2012.



She awaits His coming,
as we all do.
A celebration of advent
is really nothing new.

But for her this advent
is expectation full.
The quiet disease
is now taking its toll.

Unlike long ago
when God Himself did stoop
to give His baby boy…
Instead, now her, He will scoop…

and wrap her in His arms
with a robe of righteousness.
Not the swaddling clothes
for His son’s mightiness.

It is for her that Christ comes,
to heal and to redeem.
His advent never looks
the way we want, it would seem:

A manger for His son…
A hospice bed for his daughter.
For her broken body and soul
He was led to the slaughter.

Patiently she waits for His advent
with eager anticipation.
From earthly pain, we long
for her emancipation.

We’ll weep in her absence
and praise when she’s home…
Healed and whole in body,
dancing ‘round Emmanuel’s throne.


13 December 2011

0 thoughts on “A Different Kind of Advent

  1. Leslie says:

    Wow, what a poignant poem. What a blessing we believers have that we do not grieve as those who have no hope. I’m sorry for the loss of your friend, but thankful that you will see her again!

  2. Crystal says:

    Thankyou Jennifer,
    Just like the reply before me, Your gifts do help us deal with our loss and the pain we feel. Thinking of Debbie and Tom dancing on the streets of gold. What a beautiful picture!

  3. janice says:

    Thank you for reminding us of the gift of the freedom we have in Christ. And that freedom will be made complete when we meet our Creator face to face. We praise God that Debbie is experiencing this today! Your drawing is a great likeness of a precious lady.

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