First Sunday of Advent - Hope!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
~ Proverbs 3:5 - 6
It always seems that the people of God seem to be waiting. Waiting to be delivered. Waiting for God to cause change. Waiting on the Messiah... waiting....
Whether we realize it or not, we are being conditioned to wait. The difficulty in waiting is that sometimes we struggle to remain hopeful.
In our personal lives, waiting is simply not a popular thing. There just doesn't seem to be the joy and gladness that we want to experience in moments where we are left waiting. I have a dear friend who considers waiting to be a "waste of time."
In the world today we have embraced an understanding that waiting seems to denote that we are slacking in some way. That we somehow are not making a difference. So, for many of us, waiting is like wandering in desert. It is the time between where we are and where we hope to be. For many, this is not where they want to be.
Advent causes us to look at what it means to wait. To be expecting. To be wandering, waiting, and hoping. It is the beginning of another journey. Even a passing minute is bringing us one minute closer to what it is that we are waiting on. Stay hopeful!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
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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.