Note: Advent, from the Latin, adventus, “coming”, is the Christian season of preparation for Jesus’ birth, the heart of the Christmas celebration, and, according to scripture and the Christian creeds, his second appearance at some future, unknown time and, also according to scripture and Christian tradition, his daily coming through the Holy Spirit. Hence, waiting for Jesus is Advent’s clarion call.
O Lord Jesus, how much of our time, day by day, moment by moment, do we spend waiting?
Waiting in line.
Waiting at the traffic light.
Waiting by the phone,
• for a job offer.
• for a medical test result.
• for word from loved ones in times of accident, illness, and natural calamity.
Waiting for “the right person” to come along.
Waiting for a good time to try something new or to end something old.
Waiting for the moment of an anticipated event to begin.
Waiting for the moment of a dreaded event to end.
Waiting for the outcome of an election.
Waiting, in times of anxiety and fear, for a miracle.
Waiting for families and friends, associates and colleagues, when they aggravate us, to change!
Yes, O Lord Jesus, we wait. A lot.
Yet how much, O Lord Jesus, day by day, moment by moment do we anticipate Your coming
• into this world?
• into our lives?
• into this world through our lives?
Perhaps, O Lord Jesus, honesty compels us to confess, a lot less.
So, O Lord Jesus, hearken unto this our prayer, as the psalmist sang:
“As a deer longs for flowing streams, so our souls long for You.”
And, as the Apostle prayed, so, too, we: “Marana-tha! Come, Lord Jesus!
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