Advent Meditations Henri Nouwen

First Sunday of Advent

Micah 7:7 (New International Version, ©2010)


 7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD,
   I wait for God my Savior;
   my God will hear me.

Monday, The First Week

Matthew 11:29 (New International Version, ©2010)

29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Tuesday, The First Week

Malachi 3:1-2 (New International Version, ©2010)


Malachi 3


 1 “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty.

 2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.

Wednesday, The First Week

Revelation 3:20 (New International Version, ©2010)

20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Thursday, The First Week

Psalm 86:15 (New International Version, ©2010)

15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
   slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Friday, The First Week

Psalm 130:5-6 (New International Version, ©2010)


 5 I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits,
   and in his word I put my hope.
6 I wait for the Lord
   more than watchmen wait for the morning,
   more than watchmen wait for the morning

Saturday, The First Week

Ephesians 4:7 (New International Version, ©2010)


 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

Second Sunday of Advent

Luke 2:25 (New International Version, ©2010)


 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.

Monday, The Second Week

Romans 12:12 (New International Version, ©2010)

12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

 Tuesday, The Second Week

Romans 12:12 (New International Version, ©2010)

12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

 Wednesday, The Second Week

John 14:23 (New International Version, ©2010)


 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

Thursday, The Second Week

1 Corinthians 1:28-29 (New International Version, ©2010)

28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.

 Friday, The Second Week

Acts 1:4 (New International Version, ©2010)

4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.

 Saturday, The Second Week

James 5:7-8 (New International Version, ©2010)


Patience in Suffering

 7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.

The Third Sunday of Advent

Romans 15:13 (New International Version, ©2010)


 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 Monday, The Third Week

Romans 15:5-6 (New International Version, ©2010)


 5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 Tuesday, The Third Week

John 10:12-15 (New International Version, ©2010)

12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

   14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.

 Wednesday, The Third Week

John 5:24 (New International Version, ©2010)


   24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

Thursday, The Third week

Jeremiah 31:3 (New International Version, ©2010)

 3 The LORD appeared to us in the past,[a] saying:

   “I have loved you with an everlasting love;
   I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

Friday, The Third Week

2 Timothy 4:8 (New International Version, ©2010)

8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

 Saturday, The Third Week

Luke 6:27-28 (New International Version, ©2010)


Love for Enemies

    27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

John 16:20 (New International Version, ©2010)

20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.

Monday, The Fourth Week

Acts 2:42 (New International Version, ©2010)


The Fellowship of the Believers

 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

The Days Of Christmas

2 Corinthians 6:2 (New International Version, ©2010)

2 For he says,

   “In the time of my favor I heard you,
   and in the day of salvation I helped you.”[a]

   I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

The Days Of Christmas

Luke 2:7 (New International Version, ©2010)

7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

 The Days Of Christmas

Psalm 90:1 (New International Version, ©2010)


Psalm 90

Psalms 90–106

   A prayer of Moses the man of God.

 1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
   throughout all generations.

 The Days Of Christmas

Matthew 10:39 (New International Version, ©2010)

39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

 The Days Of Christmas

1 Peter 1:23 (New International Version, ©2010)

23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

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