A season of waiting and wanting
-Pastor Miriam Smith
We ask each other what we “want for Christmas” this time of year. And while some of us love that question (and the gift-wrapped answers), some of us may not want anything that could fit under a Christmas tree. That, too, is part of Advent. It’s the time of year some of us find ourselves more aware of empty chairs around the table; we want something that is out of reach. In between the Old and New Testaments, God’s people wait. For approximately 400 years, they wait for God to arrive and save them. In Isaiah 64:1-2, the prophet cries out, “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence—as when fire kindles brushwood and fire causes water boil—make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence!” That voice crying out so many centuries ago is echoed later by John the Baptist, and later still by Christians today. We continue to wait for Jesus to return. We want Him to come and make all things new—to fix all of the problems. There are so many things that are broken and in need of healing in our world, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.
Yet, one of the most hopeful parts of Advent, to me, is the reminder we receive that we are not hanging out doing nothing until Jesus shows up. Especially in Advent, we have the opportunity to look around and see what it is that needs some divine intervention to be set right. Then we have the opportunity to get busy. Part of our preparation for the arrival of our King includes our working on what he’s already begun. It doesn’t mean it’s all on us to make all things all the way right. That will have to wait as well until Jesus returns. Until then, we can listen to the Holy Spirit and work with one another to find ways to build on the kingdom that is coming.
In worship this advent season, we are focusing on Wanting More of the good things only God can give us. I hope that you will join us as we look for more peace, hope, joy, and love in our hearts and in the world.