Because of the noise and activity of the struggle and the work, we often do not hear the hidden gentle sound and movement of the life that is coming into being. But here and there, at hours that are blessed, God lets us feel how he is everywhere at work and how his cause is growing and moving forward. The time is being fulfilled and the light shall shine, perhaps just when it seems that the darkness is impenetrable.- Eberhard Arnold
- Eberhard Arnold, January 1933
The Lord’s Supper and baptism both symbolize the deepest truths. To be flooded by water, to be cleansed, to be immersed in water, points to the powerful working and streaming down of the Holy Spirit. Death, burial, and resurrection point to the powers that go forth from Jesus’ own death and resurrection into all time and Eternity. They are the powers that unite us with his death and his resurrection.
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We work until we are weary to the bone and yet see so little fruit. Does everything remain as it was? Haven’t we made any progress? Have we actually helped at all, or have we merely scratched the surface of things? Is there any trace or glimpse of the goal we long for? What do all our efforts amount to in the face of all the forces of misery and evil in the world? Left before such agonizing questions, it is good to remember the light that shines from the stable of Bethlehem, for it is here we are able to sense what it means that the kingdom of God came as a little child.- Eberhard Arnold
Advent is a time when we await God’s intervention in the need of the present day, as he intervened then in Jesus’ birth. We long for the highest power to rescue this unhappy, torn humanity that knows so little community. Now is the time to ask God for a radical change in all things, even if this means we must go through judgment.- Eberhard Arnold
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