Music to One’s Ears

"So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your Master is coming"

Matthew 24:42
Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122:1-9; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44

Sermon Week/Year

First Sunday of Advent, A

In a book called “The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” the author recalls attending a concert performed by an elementary school band.

The youngsters took their places on the bandstand, adjusted their music stands, and tuned up their instruments. Then, with a touch of drama, the music teacher raised her baton. I sat back and, for some strange reason, expected to hear a beautiful symphony. To my surprise, I heard a horrid cacophony of squeaks, honks, upbeat notes on the downbeat, and a march that sounded more like a nursery rhyme. “This is terrible,” I thought as I shriveled inside.

And then I heard a gentle voice speak within me: “These are children; they are learning and are doing very…

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