Third Day of Advent
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
Lamentations 3:24-26 (ESV)
I can still remember the emotions that flooded my heart when I heard for the first time that we were pregnant. I was thrilled! And scared to death. And a little panicked. I knew nothing about parenting. There was so much that needed to be done before either of us were ready for that job! And, in retrospect, nine months was just about exactly the right amount of time for us to work through most of those chaotic feelings. There were times during that nine months when time seemed to fly by (e.g., “Honey, we’re only four weeks out…is the nursery ready yet?”) and there were times when the days just seemed to inch along at a snail’s pace. Waiting, as it turned out in those circumstances, was an extraordinary experience!
Merriam-Webster defines “advent” as a coming into being. It describes something that is in the process of becoming….something getting ready to occur. Just like with a pregnancy, it is a word which implies anticipation and excitement over something transformational just around the corner. It can busy and chaotic, and it can seem impossible at times. And, oh, the patience it requires! But what could be more worth waiting for than the birth of a child?
Especially if that child brings with Him the salvation of the world?
Happy waiting everyone.
Re: Verse reading – John 1:1-18