It is hard to wait for something or someone, isn’t it? Sometimes we are
so excited and so full of anticipation, we feel like we’ll burst if
something doesn’t happen soon. Other times, we work hard to get to
someplace on time—only to wait for a very long time before we are seen.
The time of Advent is all about waiting. God gave signs to the people
concerning the messiah. The first Sunday of Advent gives us a wake-up
call that Christ is coming soon. Matthew did not mean that the birth of
Christ would be soon, but that our glorious king would come in
We then hear of the ministry of John the Baptist for the second week of
Advent. John’s call to repentance came just before the beginning of
Jesus’ public ministry. On the third Sunday, we hear more joy and
anticipation of the amazing work of God on all creation.
For the fourth Sunday of Advent, we have Isaiah’s prophecy about a
young woman bearing a child who will be named Emmanuel. In the
gospel, we have the promised coming of Christ.
I have been waiting for a while, nearly a year, to have surgery on my
back. It has not been an easy wait, but one of pain, frustration and
wondering if the surgery would ever be scheduled. However, there is
light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not an oncoming train! It seems we
have gone through all the hoops and that in a short time we’ll have the
surgery scheduled. Thanks be to God for giving us his grace to wait.
At this time of year, it is difficult to step back, slow down and wait.
Advent calls us out of the rat race into God’s peace. We are to step back
to see the entire scene before us. Before we know it, Christmas Eve
arrives and we celebrate the most important birth of all, that of our Lord
Best wishes to you all for a wonderful, Spirit-filled celebration of our
Lord. From our house to yours, Merry Christmas and may you have a
blessed New Year!