There is more than one way to interpret the word “wait.”
The photo above shows you a waitress who is “waiting” on a table.
Some waiting is defined by
an expectation of something
or someone to come…
like a good friend.
Other waiting is short-term, self-imposed, self-defined…
…. like waiting for your food to digest before
that next meal or dessert after a huge Thanksgiving dinner!
What are you waiting for?
Today is the first day of Advent.
As a Christian, that means we have 40 days of waiting.
The season of Advent lasts through Christmas Eve.
When Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday,
it is the last or fourth Sunday of Advent.
In Eastern Orthodox churches,
which use the Julian calendar,
Advent begins earlier, on November 15,
and lasts 40 days, rather than 4 weeks.
40 days of waiting for the coming of the Christ Child
… waiting for Christmas.
The word “Advent” stems from the Latin word adventus,
which literally means “coming” or “arrival.”
Our sermon at my church this morning
dealt with this topic of waiting…
waiting for that special arrival.
Pastor Mary Grace Reynolds
spoke about a children’s book
(I think it was a Dr. Seuss)
that depicted a “waiting place”
as a “useless place”
but she encouraged us
to view waiting differently.
She asked us what we do when we are waiting.
Some people find something to read.
Others play on their phones
or engage in conversation with a friend.
Some write letters or cards
or they reach out to help a neighbor.
Spend the waiting time productively.
I wrote this conclusion as I listened:
There is a lot we can do while we wait.
Think about the good things we can do.
Gracious God, help us make waiting useful.
Let’s fill it with good things for me and You.
We can live during this time of waiting
With love and hope in our heart.
We have control over our actions.
We can spread peace – today’s the day to start.
I believe that I shall look upon
the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living!
Wait for the LORD;
and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!
Thanks for visiting JanBeek today.Make your waiting a time of love and compassion!
Have a wonderful season of Advent.
Love and hugs to you!
Reach out today!