Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hope Worth Waiting For

We wait all the time, don't we? We go to the post office to mail a package and we wait. We go to the grocery store to buy groceries and we end up waiting at the check out counter. We wait for the anticipation of the next big day or the next big event. But what I have come to realize is that we are not very good at waiting AT ALL. And I am just as guilty as the next person. On my way to workout and I get stopped because a train needs to cross the tracks. I find myself tapping my fingers on my wheel because this is holding me up and I need to get to my destination NOW! It seems that in this high tech world, we have so much accessible to us that we have forgotten how to be patient.

Advent is the perfect time to truly wait and be patient. Now I realize in a house full of kiddos, that can be extremely difficult but I think it also is important for us to remind children the true reason for the season and the importance of being patient. This season is all about the waiting and the preparing and the arrival of this precious holy child; the one who brings light in the midst of the darkness, hope in the midst of despair, and joy in the midst of sorrow. This holy child is the one who can bring about peace, justice, and mercy.

As you prepare your hearts, minds, and homes this Advent season, may you take the time to be patient, to wait for this precious child born in the unlikeliest of places. This precious child who is the Prince of Peace, who is Emmanuel, who is the Savior of the world, who is Messiah. This holy infant born in a manger in Bethlehem is the embodiment of hope in the world.

" 'Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.' Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.' "--Luke 2: 11-14

Jesus was sent into the world by God to remind us that there is always hope especially when we trust in this holy child. This holy child who later sits with tax collectors and sinners. This holy child who will be crucified for our sins and then will be raised from the dead. Jesus is the hope that we all must cling to; a hope that only God can give, a hope that is born that holy night in a manger in Bethlehem; A hope in an injust world that will bring about justice; A hope in a broken world, that will bring about healing and wholeness; A hope in a violent world that brings about healing, reconcilation and peace.

"Hope is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not yet seen."

And this, my friends, is a hope worth waiting for!

10 comments:

  1. What a coincidence, Tara! Our theme for the 1st Sunday of Advent is"waiting gives rise to hope"! I wrote my Sunday Reflections on this subject, too! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Barbara, I did ready your blog post. Our posts definitely had a lot in common.

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  2. Such an important reminder for us mamas to practice patience if we ever want our little ones to learn it!

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    1. I am not a mom yet. But I see so many of my momma friends struggling with being patient. I truly do believe it is important to be patient ourselves to teach the little ones in our lives to learn it too!

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  3. I'm loving advent this year. I just am hungry for it! I love the idea of using this season to teach my children to wait and be patient.

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    1. Advent is one of my favorite seasons of the year. I love sitting in my house with the lights of my Christmas tree glimmering reminding me of the light of the world. I am glad that you like the idea of using this season to teach your children to wait and be patient.

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  4. I am so looking forward to Advent this year. I need this focus to help me appreciate the real reason for the season and not get caught up in the craziness family drama.

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    1. Melanie, I am glad you are looking forward to Advent.It is one of my fave times of the year! It really is important to focus on the real reason for the season without getting caught up in the family craziness.

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  5. Our family theme for Advent this year is "Make room for Love". I put a scripture verse about love in each of our advent countdown bags, Today's was love is patient! I love how the idea of slowing down and being patient gives birth to hope. Can't wait to journey through Advent with my blogger friends!

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    1. How cool! I too love the idea of slowing down and being patient giving birth to hope. I too cannot wait to journey through Advent with my blogger friends. Happy Advent to you!

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