“And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.” –Genesis 3:15
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” –Revelation 21:3-5
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” -2 Peter 3:9
People do a lot of waiting at this time of year. Lines abound at stores as we hurry to buy all our gifts. Frustrations mount, as everything seems to take so much longer at the same time that we feel such a rush to do everything so quickly. We feel stuck in waiting.
The first prophecy of the coming of the Messiah was at the beginning of humanity, not tens, not hundreds, but thousands of years before Jesus arrived. There was a posture of waiting and anticipating the day of Jesus’ arrival since some of the first days of our existence.
The waiting did not stop at the first Advent. It has now been thousands of years again since prophecies were uttered about Jesus’ second coming. When finally, FINALLY, all things will be made completely right. When what began in his first coming will come to full fruition.
Many days, I walk around as if I am not waiting. I am fortunate in my circumstances and I lose sight of how this world is still a mess. I become blind to the daily struggles of so many who live in this world.
But then, something happens that wakes me up. This world’s brokenness slaps me in the face, and I remember that I am still waiting. Waiting for this world to be made right. Waiting for God to keep His promise. Waiting for Satan’s power to be crushed forever. Waiting for tears to be wiped away for good.
We are still waiting. We are still longing for a Savior.
O Dear Savior, we need You. Come relieve our waiting. Come keep Your promise. Come rescue this world. Come wipe away our tears. Come end our pain. Come set things right for good. Come with Your peace, come with Your joy, come with Your grace, come with Your hope, and set this world right once and for all. Be with us in our waiting. Help us to be patient, and yet help us never give up our longing for You. Come Lord Jesus. Amen.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – Future of Forestry
“Oh come thou day-spring come and cheer
Our spirits by thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight”
Noticing Immanuel: a series for Advent. Each day starts with noticing: a picture of an everyday Christmas moment. That picture leads to a verse, a meditation, a prayer, and a song. My hope is that when we see those Christmas moments a second time, they will strike us differently. That we might feel the presence of Immanuel this Christmas season, whether we are sitting in quiet or moving in chaos.