The Son of Mary, God’s salvation, is the only One in whom the divine spirit of freedom, justice, and love finds its shape, unbroken and unhindered. Hence, the call to repentance never ends in pessimism, but rather in the certainty that the knowledge of God and the liberation from injustice must go deep and be far reaching.- Eberhard Arnold
- Eberhard Arnold
Christ’s victory over the evil committed by the demonic powers of self makes the believer one with God and his church. Through the death of Christ, his heart is pure, released from all the mortal guilt of his egoistic life. He knows that the baptism of faith has cleansed his body of the lusts of death. He can trust in the faithfulness of God, which has drawn him into the realm of God’s promise of enduring life. His heart overflows with thanks that Jesus Christ has delivered him from the blinding darkness, from the sinister spell of satanic tyranny.
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The miracle of God comes not only from above. It also comes through us; it is also dwelling in us. It has been given to every person, and it lies within each one of us as something divine, and it waits. Calling to us, it waits for the hour when we shall open wide our hearts, having found our God and our home. When this is so, we will not hoard this miracle but will let it flow out into the world. Wherever love proceeds from us and becomes truth, the time is fulfilled and Christmas comes.- Eberhard Arnold
Our efforts always belong to God’s work, even when it is only to keep the manger prepared in which the Child wants to lie. Our deeds count, even when like Simeon we only stretch out our arms in patience and faith and in loyal endurance so that we may receive the holy gift. Even when we only wait, poor and yearning in the darkness, in fervent longing – we are ready and may help to bring about the fullness of time.- Eberhard Arnold
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