What burns within you? What is that thing that sometimes swells and fills and overflows from a deep part of you? From the parts of our hearts that have not yet heard the gospel, these are self-centered and sometimes shameful things that come forth. And yet Jeremiah reckoned with this brimming, saying that there was in his heart “a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary of holding it in” – he was talking about the living word of the Lord himself, and the good news of his gospel. When you have been loved, you burn to tell about it. Pray for all at the Advent, that all would first know of the Lord’s love of them, while they are yet sinners. And then pray to have this burning word to tell others.
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? (Romans 10:14)
Morning by morning, Lord, you awaken my ear to hear your word, and you give me the voice to sustain with a word those who are weary: be with us, the Advent. Let us proclaim the freeing power of your gospel, that all may hear and believe; let us confess with one voice, “my Lord and my God”, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.