Nov 19, 2016

Advent Affirmations

Here is an affirmation of faith for Advent. It was written by Allan Boesak and posted on Journey with Jesus.

Advent Credo

It is not true
that creation and the human family
are doomed to destruction and loss—

This is true:
For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish
but have everlasting life;

It is not true
that we must accept inhumanity and discrimination,
hunger and poverty, death and destruction—

This is true:
I have come that they may have life, and that abundantly.

It is not true
that violence and hatred should have the last word,
and that war and destruction rule forever—

This is true:
Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given,
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
his name shall be called wonderful councilor, mighty God,
the Everlasting, the Prince of peace.

It is not true
that we are simply victims of the powers of evil
who seek to rule the world—

This is true:
To me is given authority in heaven and on earth,
and lo I am with you, even until the end of the world.

It is not true
that we have to wait for those who are specially gifted,
who are the prophets of the Church
before we can be peacemakers—

This is true:
I will pour out my spirit on all flesh
and your sons and daughters shall prophesy,
your young men shall see visions
and your old men shall have dreams.

It is not true
that our hopes for liberation of humankind,
of justice, of human dignity of peace
are not meant for this earth and for this history—

This is true:
The hour comes, and it is now,
that the true worshipers shall worship God
in spirit and in truth.

So let us enter Advent in hope,
even hope against hope.
Let us see visions of love and peace and justice.
Let us affirm with humility, with joy, with faith, with courage:
Jesus Christ—the life of the world.

~ written by Allan Boesak, in Walking on Thorns (Eerdmans, 2004). Posted on Journey with Jesus. http://www.journeywithjesus.net/poemsandprayers/