Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
This book is formatted to be used on each day of Advent and the Christmas season. Each day's reflection begins with a scriptural quotation, continues with a daily thought from the writings of Thomas Merton that capture a theme of the season: the Incarnation, anticipation, angels, and many more, each followed by a prayer of the day. An appendix includes a suggested plan for using each day's meditation as part of a morning or evening prayer.