If you’re like me you know the preparation part. You’re busy decorating your home, buying gifts, baking goodies, planning parties, sending cards, and you’re tired. Who has time for the waiting part?
Do you remember when waiting for Christmas took forever? When you had nothing to do but wait?
This week we’ve looked at the challenges that come with waiting. Not the kind of waiting that’s excited anticipation, but the kind that’s hard. The kind that comes with questions and pain.
I know hard waiting. I’ve known it in the past. I live it in the present.
I also know that like Advent, all waiting is best done with preparation and anticipation. Not the shopping, baking, and decorating, but faith, hope, and love. Preparing my heart and mind helps me wait better. And anticipating brings a spirit of excitement and confidence that what I’m waiting for will happen.
Wait with faith – Spend time with Jesus, the greatest gift of all. Read the words of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Be reminded of His example, His understanding, His miracles, and His sacrifice.
So also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for Him. Hebrews 9:28
Wait with hope – Hold on to His promise to return. Look beyond Christmas to Good Friday and Easter. Remember the eternal hope you have in Him.
But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for Him to return as our Savior. Philippians 3:20
Wait with love – Love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love others as yourself. Not just with bow wrapped presents, but with kindness, compassion, and service.
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:12–13
Wait, prepare, and anticipate the One, who was, who is, and who is coming.
Advent Waiting Around the Blogosphere
Monica Kaye Snyder inspired me with her post Come Lord Jesus.
Although facing difficult health problems, Monika writes, “for this month
we will celebrate the gifts we already have and the one and
only gift we really need, our God made man.”
Sarah Ann, at Faith Along the Way, describes herself as a perfectly
imperfect redeemed child of the King. Her post –
Give the Gift of Hope will move you to take action and offer the gift of hope.
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