Advent, Day 14

LOOK: Outside In by Ryan Kapp

Ryan Kapp (American, 1973–), Outside In, 2004. Oil on canvas, 18 × 24 in.

LISTEN: “Come into My Heart” by David Maloney, on A Christmas Album by Reilly & Maloney (1984; reissued 2012)

Snow is falling, now recalling
Winter’s icy face
North wind’s humming, Christ is coming
Into this worldly place

Will there be no room for him?
He who travels far
I will light my soul tonight
Come into my heart

All the children of the world
Know the Prince of Peace
In their hearts there is the hope
That every war shall cease

See the wisdom of the ages shining
In the young Child’s eyes
Behold the King and all he brings
The precious gift of life

Christmas bells and Santa’s elves
Fill the world with joy
Angel wings and shiny things
For every girl and boy

Around the Christmas tree we gather singing
Carols by the fire
Voices ringing, the Savior’s bringing
The gift of mercy mild

Snow is falling, now recalling
Winter’s icy face
North wind’s humming, Christ is coming
Into this worldly place

Will there be no room for him?
He who travels far
I will light my soul tonight
Come into my heart

For another Advent devotion featuring Reilly & Maloney, see here.

At Last (Artful Devotion)

Tkachuk, Yaroslava_Expectant
Yaroslava Tkachuk (Ukrainian, 1981–), Expectant, 2014. Linen, silk, seeds, copper, and acrylic, 100 × 40 cm. Photo courtesy of the artist. [Original for sale; click photo for more info]

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

—Isaiah 7:14

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SONG: “Maria” by David Maloney, on A Christmas Album by Reilly & Maloney (1984, reissued 2012)

Christmas Day, it’s coming fast
Bringing joy to the world at last
Joy to the world
Maria . . .


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To view all the Revised Common Lectionary scripture readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, cycle A, click here.