And then we wait... Advent
For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken.
~ Psalm 62:1 - 2
I remember waiting on our daughter, Emily, to arrive. So much had already taken place prior to her mother's first labor pains. Doctor visits, preparing a nursery, going to classes, and the challenge of picking out the perfect name. All of this before she even took her first breath.
I try to imagine our experience to that of Mary.
Modern medicine and prenatal care was not something available. An unnatural pregnancy for an unusual circumstance. A visit by an angel announcing she would have a child. A name being chosen for the child, and the uncertainty of where the child would be born when the time came.
We know how anxious we were with preparation. I can't begin to imagine what this must have been like waiting, and wondering for Mary and Joseph.
We are reminded that much of our life is filled with moments of uncertainty. We can take time to pray and to think about things, but until the moment arrives, we are still waiting.
It's in the silence of waiting that God reaches out to provide assurance. In the silence God speaks, and if still enough, we find that a sense of calmmess washes over us, like that of a soft rain, even on a dark night.
It's in that waiting that God wants us to know God's presence, so that when the time comes, we will be ready. Knowing God in our waiting, ensures that we know God when the moment arrives.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.