The Eighth Day of Christmas- January 2
Reflection from "When the Time Was Fulfilled"
"If we survey the situation of the world, it seems that while the cry, "Christ is born!" is remarkably well known, basically we are as far removed as ever from the mighty life of God. We sink helplessly into the dust when face with the appearance of Christ. We don't have the strength to rise up to what he is and what is proclaimed of him each year.
What are we to think? Was Isaiah mistaken? Were the apostles misguided? Have we become the victims of a visionary ideal, which, though it has admittedly benefited humanity's spiritual life, has accomplished nothing fundamental in regard to a new creation?
'This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.' (Rev. 13:10). For although two thousand years have gone by without our having experienced all that was revealed in Christ, nevertheless Christ was born, and he is Lord. The way that leads to him can be traveled; the obstacles along this road can be overcome; the separation between him and us can be bridged.
This is the promise of Advent. Yes, the time will come when a new humanity, born of him to true life, shall praise God on this earth. This calls for the endurance and faith of today's saints."
- Christoph Blumhardt