During times of waiting, we don’t know exactly how God will meet us in our uncertainty, sorrow, or fear – only that God will somehow keep God’s promise to do so. When we don’t know what is coming next, we might wait with hope or fear, expectation or joy for God to work with and through and even in spite of us. As God meets us, the waiting time itself can be transformative and holy.
This is what we prepare to celebrate during Advent. As much as we celebrate Jesus’ birth, we also celebrate the waiting, for God does indeed meet us here. Whether we are racked with worry, impatient with boredom, or simply ready to get onto the next thing in our day or in the larger scope of our lives, God meets us where we are, in all of our feelings.
This message is excerpted from “The waiting place” by Jordan Miller-Stubbendick in the December 2019 Gather magazine. Today is the First Sunday in Advent
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