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A Tender Mercy
Second Sunday of Advent

from the book
Sharing Visions
Divine Revelations, Angels, And Holy Coincidences

John E. Sumwalt
Jenee Woodard


Luke 1:68-79

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Our son Phil has autism. He is ten years old and is severely handicapped by his disability. Our family learned to slow down at Christmas a number of years ago, when he was unable to tolerate any of the celebration. He could not handle the changing scenarios -- the twinkling lights, the changes in grocery store displays, the changes in the sanctuary at church, presents appearing under the tree, the tree itself, and the moved furniture. He would fall down on the floor and scream, unable to move, afraid to open his eyes, almost constantly from Thanksgiving until well after Christmas, when it was all over. We carried him through that time, his head covered with his coat, so we could get through our daily errands, or sat with him, huddled in his room, carefully ordered in exactly the same way it had been since summer, with no Christmas trappings.

Of course our neighbor across the street is one of those ...

This Second Sunday of Advent story, A Tender Mercy, is based on Luke 1:68-79 and relates to Second Sunday of Advent of Cycle C of the lectionary. This story is excerpted from the book Sharing Visions . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, Stories, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary preaching, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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