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When the Time Was Fulfilled

Christmas Meditations

Introduction by Charles E. Moore

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The meditations in this collection witness to the fact that the birth of Jesus is more than history – it is a reality – but only for those who feel their need and are personally ready to come to the manger.

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The meditations in this collection are written by three seekers who struggled hard and long to find, in the words of Søren Kierkegaard, “the contemporary Christ.” They witness to the fact that the birth of Jesus is more than history – it is a reality – but only for those who feel their need and are personally ready to come to the manger.

A revised and expanded edition of an old favourite, the 40 short, pithy readings in this book will not leave you sitting comfortably this Christmas.

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Christmas did not come after a great horde of people had completed something good, or because of the successful result of any human effort. No, it came as a miracle, as the child that comes when his time is fulfilled, as a gift of the Father which he lays into those arms that are stretched out in longing. This is how the first Christmas came; in this way it always comes anew, both to us as individuals and to the whole world. – Eberhard Arnold

How many of us, in our good-hearted way, have ridden past the stable on the high horse of our opinions and convictions, leaving the Child behind, not realizing he was there? How many of us have stood up for what we believed, even in defiance, but were not awake to the fact that we were riding past a miracle – the miracle of life and love? – Alfred Delp

The star of hope has to appear again, but it will come only when our hearts seek it, when there is a passion for it – a sighing, striving, and aching for the great mercy to come. Yes, the star will return, and then it will shine not just for a few, but it will quickly spread its brilliance over the whole world. – Christoph Blumhardt

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Table of Contents


  1. The Eve of Advent
  2. The Shaking Reality of Advent
  3. When the Time Was Fulfilled
  4. God’s Time
  5. Prophecy
  6. The Wise Men’s Star
  7. The Crier in the Wilderness
  8. The Angel of Annunciation
  9. The Blessed Woman
  10. Christ the Lord
  11. Pure Love Alone


  1. That Which Is to Come
  2. The Power of Expectation
  3. In Holy Waiting
  4. Remaining Together
  5. When the Light Shines
  6. Get Ready for Action
  7. Keeping Watch
  8. A Savior Is Born
  9. Open the Door!

Glad Tidings

  1. Where Love Breaks In
  2. Before the Manger
  3. Let Our Hearts Be Moved
  4. Born unto Us!
  5. A New Message
  6. Peace on Earth
  7. Truly Christ’s Day
  8. The New Time

God with Us

  1. Immanuel
  2. The Struggle of the Atmospheres
  3. The Hour of Decision
  4. Away with Human Honor
  5. God in the Flesh
  6. Jesus and the Poorest
  7. The Living Reality
  8. Humiliation
  9. The Motherly Spirit
  10. New Birth
  11. The Incarnation
  12. Christ Must Enter Again

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