“Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.” James 5:7-8
Waiting for answers.
Waiting for a baby to be born.
Waiting for a job to come through.
Waiting for . . . Well waiting for whatever it is that we’ve been waiting for.
Waiting is hard.
We grow impatient in our waiting, and yet the too soon birth of a child creates all manner of complications. Much better the timely birth. For in those waiting months growth takes place, organs mature and lungs strengthen.
The waiting time becomes a time of preparation in our personal lives both emotionally and spiritually. There is a purpose in waiting. Something is growing and changing in us while we wait. Our hearts are moving towards readiness to accept the responsibilities which arrive with the blessing we wait for.
Advent, a season of waiting and preparation comes as a season of growth. For do not our hearts need to turn once more to God? To the things of eternity? . . . to Faithfulness?
Do not our hearts need again to be restored?
We do not wait alone – God waits with us. Loving us in our questioning moments and in our doubting times. Loving us when we despair of ever seeing what it is we wait for. Loving us into growth, maturity and joy.
Loving God, May this Advent be a season of growth. Gentle us with your Spirit. Move us with your light. May we see our world as you want us to see it. May our eyes, hearts and minds be opened to new truths. Grant us a willingness to put aside truths we have outgrown and allow you to grow your seeds of compassion, love and mercy in us. Amen.
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