December 17, 230
Waiting. It is not one of my favorite things to do.
You've probably heard that from many people, myself included. With social media and technology as quick as it is, we don't have to wait for much. With the click of a button you can have just about anything delivered to your home in a short amount of time.
I never thought the words "Tweet, pizza, emoji" would ever be in one's vocabulary...I'm not even sure I know what that means.
My impatience this year though, is about my family.
I can't wait to spend time with my family. It will be the first time, in a very, very, long time that my mother, wife, children, and now grandchildren, will all be in the same room together. I am looking forward to spending time decompressing, playing with my grandkids, and joining with them together in worship.
The whole season of Advent is about waiting. As Christians, the time of year marks our waiting for the birth of Christ. But Advent is also a season where we are reminded that we wait for the Lord to return to the Earth. One hymn I love to sing during this time of year is "The Advent of Our King." It's melody and words are a joyful reminder that this time of year should be a blessing to us, not a time of stress and worry.
So, while many of us are ready with our Christmas trees, wrapping presents, worrying about whether or not we will get everything done before December 25--and more seriously, while some of us are mourning the losses we have experienced in the past year, I encourage all of us to be reminded of the Holy Lord's promises given through his Son:
"He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day,
“Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
--Isaiah 25-8-9 (ESV)
I hope you all find blessings and joy this season. Enjoy the Christmas break, if you get one. And if you don't, thank you for all of your work during this very busy time of year.
But before I say Merry Christmas, I must say,
Happy and Joyful Advent!