December 4, 2011

Dissolved in perpetual joy?

We must both read and meditate upon the nativity.  If the meditation does not reach the heart, we shall sense no sweetness, nor shall we know what solace for humankind lies in this contemplation.  The heart will not laugh nor be merry.  As spray does not touch the deep, so mere meditation will not quiet the heart.  There is such richness and goodness in this nativity that if we should see and deeply understand, we should be dissolved in perpetual joy.

~Martin Luther on The Maiden Mary in Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Joy to you on this second Sunday of Advent!

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