The waiting that is hope.
The waiting that is Advent.
Within that aura of waiting, we experience many things — anticipation, expectation, preparation, a longing for that which is to come.
Today we have an advantage over those who waited centuries ago. They sat in the darkness of captivity and longed for the Light of the World to come. Their hope rested in the promises and words of prophets like these found in Jeremiah:
The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill my gracious promise with the people of Israel and Judah. In those days and at that time, I will raise up a righteous branch from David’s line, who will do what is just and right in the land. In those days, Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is what he will be called: The Lord Is Our Righteousness.
And so we begin to wait . . . for the coming, for the Christ Child, for the hope that He is.
Can you wait?
How will you prepare?
What do you hope for?
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This blog is where I regularly list my thanks for gifts recognized in the previous week, and so I continue today:
777. Safe travel to and from our Thanksgiving celebration with family.
778. Time with family and friends gathered around the dinner table.
779. The knowledge that God love us unconditionally.
780. The knowledge that it is He who made us and we are His.
781. The knowledge that He will prevail in all circumstances.
782. News that my brother is recovering from a stroke last Tuesday.
783. News that our granddaughter made a safe move back home over the weekend.
784. News that our 15-year old grandson has been selected to travel to
New York the first of the year with his high school’s honor society.
785. For our daughter-in-law Amy for her caring and compassion.
786. For our church home.
787. For our Pastor Mary.
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- Words of Advent (thejaggedword.com)
- ADVENT 1: Life in the Antenatal Clinic (tithebarn.wordpress.com)
- Hope | Jeremiah 33:14-16 (marywbrown.wordpress.com)