From Luther’s Christmas sermons we glean: The angel says further: “And this is the sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.” The clothes are nothing else than the Holy Scriptures, in which the Christian truth lies wrapped, in which the faith is described. …Do you see how beautifully Christ lies in these swaddling clothes? How beautifully the Old Testament reveals the faith and love of Christ and of his Christians? Now, swaddling clothes are as a rule of two kinds, the outside of coarse woolen cloth, the inner of linen. The outer or coarse woolen cloth represents the testimony of the law, but the linen are the words of the prophets. As Isaiah says in 7:14, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel”, and similar passages which would not be understood of Christ, had the Gospel not revealed it and shown that Christ is in them.
We know that Jesus was born to deliver his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). In a world that is increasingly becoming more hostile to itself—its people and the environment—the prayer of many people is “come and save us soon.” But in the meantime, we wait with hopeful anticipation that the kairos—God’s time—is as close as chronos—human time.
Let us pray.
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection awaken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
1. What things are happening in our world that make you pray for Christ to return soon?
2. What gives you strength to deal with the worsening situations?
Rev. Del Olivier
Augustana Lutheran Church
Sioux City, Iowa
 Prayer of the Day, First Sunday in Advent, Year B. Copyright © 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Published by Augsburg Fortress, Publishers. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #40629.