Advent-a time of waiting and expectation!
The last year of my life has been a year of waiting-waiting for doctors, waiting for test results, waiting for instructions about how to move forward. We have lived in anticipation—we have lived outside of our own control.
In our waiting, we have learned to really know the meaning of the expectation for the first Sunday of Advent-HOPE. When you live with illness, you learn that hope is really all you have. Hope is what the Christ Child brought, hope is what he shared, and hope is what he left for us.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Isaiah 40:31.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
How do we bring Advent into our everyday lives? How do we run and not grow weary? Maybe we do that by recognizing the hope of Christ. We all have difficult paths from time to time, we all need Advent, we all need hope.
As we anticipate the coming of the Christ Child, let us remember the words from Handel's Messiah-
"Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith the Lord.”
As we wait, let us also remember these words-
"Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill made low, the crooked straight, and the rough places smooth.” Waiting in expectation brings us to the beautiful place of hope.
Thanks be to God for this hope.