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Advent: derived from the Latin word “Adventus”, meaning “coming”

Waiting.

Waiting.

How long, Lord, how long? ( Psalms 6:3)

Advent finds us at the beginning of the church calendar, awaiting the coming of Jesus. Motifs of light and darkness adorn Christmas cards. Advent calendars teach us to patiently wait with anticipation. Nativity scenes and the star on our tree draw our gaze to the coming Christ. Our favorite carols express our yearning, Oh Come Emmanuel.

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”). (Matthew 1:23)

We rejoice that God himself put on flesh and bones and walked among us two-thousand years ago. Yet we long for Christ to come again, to enter into our broken, sin-stained, darkened world.

To bring light. To bring justice. To bring wholeness. Shalom.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)

Our yearning is a like a groaning in our souls. A deep well in which we have nothing to draw with.

We yearn for…

Fullness of life in empty wombs.

Restoration in decaying marriages.

Justice and reconciliation in suffering and division.

Peace in anxious waiting for test results.

Provision in poverty & scarcity.

Healing in emotional & physical pain.

Hope in waiting for loved ones to find You.

Like the psalmist, we again ask, “How long, Lord, how long?”

How long until you will come and wipe away all of our tears? How long until your Kingdom will fully break into this world, making all things new?

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

We will hope and wait for You to come.

Teach us Lord, to wait patiently. We long for your light to burst forth in the darkness. We long for you to make all things right and whole. Remind us that You have come and “it is finished.” Death is defeated and has no hold over us. We receive the fullness of life in You. We believe that You will come again. Infuse our lives with hope. Remove apathy and discouragement while we wait. Help us to care about the things you care about. Help us to respond to your invitations to love and serve. May we partner with you in bringing your Kingdom into this world.

In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Amen