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Songs for the Waiting

Devotions Inspired by the Hymns of Advent

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Despite the presence of many beautiful Advent songs in many of our hymnals, most of us would prefer to skip right to singing our favorite Christmas carols. But in our rush to get to the joy of Christmas, we forget what Advent is all about-watching and waiting for the coming of a promised king.

It is not about shopping, partying, gift wrapping, and vacationing. It is about resting, trusting, praying, and seeking. Through the words of moving Advent hymns and the powerful words of Scripture, Songs for the Waiting will help readers reclaim a sense of the beautiful anticipation and preparation that is central to Advent. Each day's devotion also includes questions for reflection and prayers, making this book also suitable for group study or creating a sermon series.

Song titles include: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel; Prepare the Way of the Lord; I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light; Hail to the Lord's Anointed; People, Look East; Come, Thou Almighty King; Come, Thou Long- Expected Jesus; Toda la Tierra; Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming; To a Maid Engaged to Joseph; and Silent Night.

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Magrey R. deVega is the Senior Pastor at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida. He is the author of Awaiting the Already: An Advent Journey through the Gospels and a contributor to Feasting on the Gospels: John Volume 1 and the forthcoming A Preacher's Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series, both published by Westminster John Knox Press.

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Devotions Inspired...
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Magrey deVega
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