The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent
A Christmas Gift to Give Thanks For…And to Give at Thanksgiving
ay to the next generation again and again: God is truthful; God keeps his word; God does not lie; God can be trusted! That’s one blessing of Advent. Receive it as a wonderful Christmas gift and give it to as many people as you can.
A renewed interest in, writing about, and experience of the nuances and rituals associated with, the Church Calendar including the season of Advent are pouring in from every corner of the Evangelical world. We’re discovering anew and with fresh wonder the goodness of focused attention on God’s revelation of himself, his mission, and love through seasons of grace throughout the year. And In fact, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy is not the first Advent devotional from Piper, but it may be his most evocative and potentially transforming for the reader.
This year, if you want to give your Thanksgiving guests more than a trifle of remembrance as a party favor, give John Pipers rich and lovely readings for Advent—a gift that they will undoubtedly treasure for years to come.
It is true that rather than the anticipation that Advent celebrates of Jesus coming, of his being on the way, that culminates at his birth—his arrival on earth, in human form, replete with Gabriel’s annunciation and Mary and Joseph’s journey—this is more encompassing of the entire Gospel story, right up to Christ’s rule and reign at his return. It is more of a compendium of all the fullness of God wrapped up in Jesus and delivered to us the history-splitting day he was born, as well as through his life, death, resurrection and ongoing presence with us and in us. It anticipates and celebrates the deeper experience of Christ in our lives.
Piper encourages us in the book’s introduction to pray that we might experience the fullness of God and recounts a significant “Holy Spirit soaking” he personally experienced that effectively creates a longing for that fullness to be ours. In fact the whole book nurtures that longing with a vibrant and living portrait of Christ and the Father. It is a celebration of the mercy, grace, character, redemption, joy, promise, hope, peace, faithfulness and love of God. And not only does is serve as a companion to the Advent season, but a companion for life.
Also, if there is anyone you wish to share the Good News, the Gospel Story of Jesus birth, death, and resurrection, this does it, and in a way that is accessible, but uncompromising. It stirs up desire for the coming of Jesus and the fullness of God in our hearts and in all the earth.