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Preparing For Jesus

Walter Wangerin (Jr)

Preparing For Jesus

Walter Wangerin (Jr)



Through rich detail and vivid images, these moving Advent meditations make Christ's birth both intimate and immediate, allowing us to see Christmas from its original happening to its perennial recurrence in our hearts. This seasonal devotional will be treasured year after year. 187 pages, from Harper Collins

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About "Preparing For Jesus"

Through rich detail and vivid images, these moving Advent meditations make Christ's birth both intimate and immediate, allowing us to see Christmas from its original happening to its perennial recurrence in our hearts. This seasonal devotional will be treasured year after year. 187 pages, from Harper Collins
- Koorong

In this Advent and Christmas devotional, best-selling author Walter Wangerin Jr. takes the reader day-by-day through the major events and characters leading up to the birth of Jesus. (36 meditations.)
- Publisher

In Preparing for Jesus, best-selling author and master storyteller Walter Wangerin Jr. recreates verbal images of the events surrounding the Advent of Christ, offering a devotional journey into the heart of the Christmas season. Through rich detail and vivid images, these moving meditations make Christ's birth both intimate and immediate, allowing us to see Christmas from its original happening to its perennial recurrence in our hearts. Preparing for Jesus is sure to be a seasonal classic, treasured year after year.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Walter Wangerin (Jr)

Matthew Wangerin played both high school and college basketball, serving as team captain at both levels. He enjoys public speaking and has dedicated himself to encouraging others to avoid life's pitfalls. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he manages a restaurant. 'Father and Son' is his first book. A

Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Part One:
  • Prepare
  • December One -- A Teaching: Four Questions For The Final Advent
  • Part Two:
  • Zechariah
  • December Two -- A Consolation: You Are Not Little In The Universe
  • December Three -- O Zechariah: How Did It Feel Meeting Glory Face To Face?
  • December Four -- A Teaching: How God Enlarges Little Prayers
  • December Five -- An Exhortation: Trust God, And His Signs Will Delight You
  • December Six -- Ah, Zechariah, You Who Doubted: What A Model Of Obedience You've Become
  • Part Three:
  • Mary
  • December Seven -- An Exhortation: Daily To Join The Sisterhood Of Mary
  • December Eight -- A Call: To Self-examination, And To Fear!
  • December Nine -- A Teaching: What Sort Of King Will The Son Of David Be?
  • December Ten -- A Teaching: What Sort Of Child Is Born Of Holiness And Humanity?
  • December Eleven -- O Mary: How Blessed Is Your 'yes!'
  • Part Four:
  • Elizabeth
  • December Twelve -- The Story: Two Mothers Meet
  • December Thirteen -- Elizabeth's Blessing: Makes Mary A Model For The Faithful
  • December Fourteen -- An Effusion: What Singing At The Advent Of Our King!
  • December Fifteen -- Mary's Song: Echoing The Songs Of Prophets And Angels
  • December Sixteen -- A Teaching: How Mercy Comes, What Mercy Is
  • Part Five:
  • John
  • December Seventeen -- A Teaching: What John Becomes For Every Advent
  • December Eighteen -- An Exhortation: Serve As Zechariah Defines Service
  • Part Six:
  • Joseph
  • December Nineteen -- Learn Of Joseph: The Character Of Righteousness
  • December Twenty -- Learn Of God: Four Gifts Of Christmas
  • December Twenty-one -- An Exaltation: The Fourth Gift, Goodness!
  • Part Seven:
  • Jesus
  • December Twenty-two -- The Story: Going Up To Bethlehem
  • December Twenty-three -- O Mary, Virgin Mother: May I Walk With You A While?
  • Christmas Eve -- The Story: The Holy, Human Birth
  • Christmas Day -- Christmas Day: Our Door To The Nativity
  • The First Day Of Christmas -- An Exaltation: Jesus, Here We Come!
  • The Second Day Of Christmas -- Learn Of The Shepherds: Five Stages Of Faith
  • The Third Day Of Christmas -- O My Lord, I Love The Names By Which We Know You
  • Part Eight:
  • Simeon And Anna
  • The Fourth Day Of Christmas -- The Story: Ascending To The Temple
  • The Fifth Day Of Christmas -- The Story: The Prophets Prove Him The Messiah
  • The Sixth Day Of Christmas -- Lord, I Am At Peace: This Christmas Too, Mine Eyes Have Seen You
  • The Seventh Day Of Christmas -- The Story: The Sorrow Of Mary, His Mother
  • Part Nine:
  • The Two Kings
  • The Eighth Day Of Christmas ---
  • The First Of The Calendar Year -- The Story: Herod The Great And Greatness
  • The Ninth Day Of Christmas -- An Exhortation To Christians: Do Not Blame The World
  • (the Magi), But Follow!
  • The Tenth Day Of Christmas -- O Little King: Receive The Best I Have To Offer You
  • The Eleventh Day Of Christmas -- A Teaching: As We Return To A Warring World
  • The Twelfth Day Of Christmas --- The Epiphany
  • A Benediction: Christ Is In Us Now


Excerpt from: Preparing For Jesus

Part One Prepare December One A Teaching: Four Questions for the Final Advent Mark 13:32 -- 37: Jesus said, 'But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed. Watch --- for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 'Watch, therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning. 'Watch, lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 'And what I say to you I say to all: Watch.' The word advent is derived from the Latin adventus, which means 'the approach' or 'the arrival.' The verb is advenio: 'I arrive. I come. I am coming.' Who is coming? As a season of the Christian year, Advent is ancient. It goes back at least to the middle of the sixth century. Already then its observance defined not only the One who was coming, but also those who were faithfully and self-consciously waiting. It defined the peculiar people who looked forward to the coming of that One. Who is coming? Who awaits him? By the thirteenth century, the Church universal had recognized the season of Advent as the beginning of its year. Advent consisted of four Sundays, the first of which was New Year's Day for Christians everywhere --- and so it was that Advent also defined the times, endings and beginnings, the past and the present, as well as the future when the Blessed One would come. Who is coming? Who awaits him? And when will he get here? For nearly one thousand five hundred years Christians have spent the days of Advent not in passive inaction, but in activities strenuous and profitable: they have prepared themselves by scrubbing and cleaning their lives, by examining and repairing their souls --- even as people generally prepare themselves body and home to receive a visitor of ineffable importance. Who is coming? Who awaits him? When will he get here? And how shall the people prepare? The Son of man, he is coming. Jesus. That one. Him. And we are the people who await him. You and I. Since it was for us he died, we are the ones who wait in love. And since he ascended to heaven with promises to return, we wait in faith --- for at the next and final Advent, Jesus will take us as friends, as brothers and sisters into his house forevermore. And when will he get here? Like any New Year's Day: at the end and the beginning. But that Advent to come --- the final arrival of Jesus in glory --- will itself cause the end of this present age and the beginning of our eternal joy. When will that be? Ah, my friend, I do not know. No one knows its day or hour. Therefore Jesus commands us to 'Watch. Stay awake. Get ready. Prepare, prepare --- and watch!' Finally, then, how shall we prepare? In these days, while yet there are days and time, by what activity should we make ourselves ready? Why, by meditating on his first coming --- for though the future may be hidden from us the past is not, and the one can teach us the other. The story of the birth of Jesus is open before us. We have a spiritual and holy account of the time when God himself directed preparations for that first coming of his Son into the world. What God ordains is always good. Therefore, those preparations may be the perfect pattern for our own this year again, this year too. Behold, I bring you good news of great joy! The people who heard the news of that first Advent were no less human than we. They moved through complex stages of response: doubt, fear, questioning, the obedience of love, the obedience of legalism, joy and song, despair and anger. There were groups of people, shepherds, the Magi, innocent children; there were individuals, Zachariah, Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, Simeon, Anna, Herod. Some concluded their preparations in faith. Some in fury. Any one of these might be you, my friend. Or me. But we have the advantage, now, of meditation: in quietness and confidence to choose the right response, and, by the grace of the present Spirit of Jesus, to practice the right preparation for the coming of the Lord in Glory. So let us enter the story one more time. In this present season of Advent let us experience the infant's Advent in the past and so make ourselves ready for the Advent of the Lord of Glory in the future. O Lord, Stir up, we beg you, your power --- and come. Come even now into this season of our meditations, that by your protection we may be rescued from our sins, and saved by your mighty deliverance in order to look forward to your final arrival with the joy that cannot be uttered. We pray in your name, O Lord, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 135141
  • Product Code 0310206448
  • EAN 9780310206446
  • UPC 025986206444
  • Pages 195
  • Department General Books
  • Category Devotions
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Oct 1999
  • Dimensions 187 x 133 x 19 mm
  • Weight 0.258kg

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