Waiting is not something I enjoy. I don’t like waiting for the traffic to move when I’m stuck on the freeway. I don’t like waiting for test results after a doctor’s visit. I don’t like waiting for the changes that need to happen to create a more peaceful, fair and just world. Waiting feels like a dry desert between where I am and where I want to be.

But Scripture encourages us to wait: “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in God’s word I hope” (Psalm 130:5). And the season of Advent is what waiting is all about. Particularly at the time of year when we feel most rushed and busy getting ready for the holidays, Advent is the time we slow down to recognize what, or who we are waiting for.

As I write this article I’m waiting for my two sons to arrive for Thanksgiving. Just the prospect of their arrival makes me happy as Will and I prepare for the meals, activities and time we’ll spend together.

In the same way, Advent is a joyful, hopeful time for Christians as we reflect on the life-changing gift of Christ in our lives. Therefore I invite you to enter fully into this season of expectation through prayer, worship, fellowship and study:

  • Download an Advent devotional for your prayer time at home luthersem.edu/advent
  • Worship each Sunday of Advent at 10am with your community of faith;
  • Join us for the “Hanging of the Greens” potluck and decorating the church, Friday Dec. 5th at 6:30pm;
  • Participate in the Advent Bible Study “Church in Waiting” either Wednesday nights at 7pm or Sundays at 11:30am.

In the words of spiritual writer Henri Nouwen, quoted in the clip below, “Waiting is a period of learning. The longer we wait, the more we hear about Him for whom we are waiting.”

May your Advent time of waiting be filled with expectant hope, increasing the joy of your Christmas celebration of God’s greatest gift to us in Jesus!

Pastor Gretchen

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