Waiting in Hope

AdventThis past Sunday began the celebration of Advent – a time of waiting.  We wait for the celebration of Christ’s birth as well as for Him to come again.  The first candle of the Advent wreath symbolizes hope.  And so our season begins with us waiting not anxiously, fearfully, or impatiently; but waiting in hope.

I am not very good at waiting.  I get excited!  My mind drifts and I daydream of things to come in the future.  I find myself daydreaming about a house, a family, traditions we will continue, new ones we will start, and so on.  Sometimes these daydreams lead to worries.  What if our plans don’t work out the way we intended? How long will we have to wait for these dreams to be realized?

Advent comes at a perfect time for me this year.  It is so helpful for me to be reminded that I am not alone as I wait.  Indeed the whole Church is waiting together for Christ.  This comforts me and renews my faith as I feel surrounded by the Holy Spirit.

As we wait for Christmas we should be filled with hope!   We are awaiting such a wonderful celebration – the celebration of the birth of our Savior!  How glorious!  This joyous celebration renews our hearts and souls.  And it all begins by waiting with hope.

We are all on a journey.  All waiting for something.  But the things that we wait for in this world cannot compare to the beauty and wonder that awaits us in the next when we are with our Lord in Heaven forever.  As we begin our Advent, let us all be reminded of His love for us and be filled with the hope that is found only in Christ as we wait in hope for our prayers to be hears, for our Christmas celebration, and as we wait for the Lord to come again.

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope”  Psalm 130:5

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5 thoughts on “Waiting in Hope

  1. wordprocessor December 4, 2013 at 11:27 pm Reply

    Oh, Yes! The amazing HOPE we have in Jesus is beyond comprehension. It enables us to wait without losing heart. Thought of this verse as I read:

    “the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:26-27

    The wonderful mystery has been disclosed to us! We know and HAVE the glorious riches available only in Jesus. And the hope we have is in not only His presence now but also His GLORIOUS return! I am reminded of Haggai chapter 2. The glory of the house that is being built now will far outweigh the glory of the former house. Hallelujah!!

    God bless you mightily from heaven this season~

    In Christ,
    Natalie

  2. reinkat December 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Waiting is tough work–especially when society urges us to demand instant gratification at every turn. You are in my prayers. Right now even.

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