Advent Waiting

For one fourth of a mile, I glided easily over the hard crusted snow arriving at the peninsula of an island on a lake up north.   I waited for my son, David to arrive from the Twin Cities.   It was below 20 degrees zero.  I was dressed well but standing still I begin to chill down. I took my skis off and did wind mill exercises to warm up.  

 

Then far away, I saw the headlights of David’s car coming down a hill to the Public Landing. The car lights went out.  Then a tiny bright light from David’s headlamp was moving across the ice.   As he skied, the light came closer and brighter piercing the dark.  Soon we stood side by side.  We embraced and headed for a warm cabin. 

That’s what the Advent season is like – it is waiting for the Light of God’s love. It is waiting for a tiny bright light to break through our darkness and comes to us.

 

That’s what the Advent season is like – it is waiting for the Light of God’s love.  It is waiting for a tiny bright light to break through our darkness and comes to us.

 

Advent waiting is expectant, not passive.  God works on God’s timetable, not ours.   We wait for God to come with a promise of a Child for our present and future lives.  I can’t speed it up or shorten the waiting.  Waiting is an act of faith on God’s time. 

 

Advent waiting is a promise of a Child about to break into our lives.   Advent waiting asks us to bring the Child’s Light into the nooks and crevasses of the world.  Advent waiting helps us decide what truly matters in our lives and where we see our neighbor. 

 

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.”  Isaiah 40:31

                               

 

 

 

 Dan Schmiechen is a retired minister and member of Linden Hills United Church of Christ.


Let the Scriptures Speak

Buy An Understandable Bible Translation: Speak to Pastors Eliot and Lawrence for recommendations.

 

Church Year: Advent, four Sundays before Christmas means “coming” and “arrival.”  The focus is celebrating the birth of Jesus so that all people can be reconciled and live together.  The color is purple, a sign of royalty.  One candle is lit each week until four flames announce Jesus’ birth.

 

Daily Scripture Reading: *Choose time of day  *Choose a quiet place  *Light a candle (symbol of God’s presence)  *Begin with a prayer (Open my heart to your Word, O God.”   *Close with a prayer (May your presence be with me today.”

 

In Conversation with Scripture:  The Bible is filled with a variety of writings.  A few examples – poetry (Psalms); history (Joshua and judges); prophets (Joel, Isaiah, Micah); Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John); the early Christian Church (Paul’s Letters) and end times (Revelation).  It is helpful to know what type of writings you are reading.  Again, check background information in your Bible.  

 

Spiritual Practice:  *When you read scripture, what word/thought comes to your attention)?  *What do these words say to you?  *What do you hear God saying to you?

 

Bible Readings For The Week:  Third Sunday Advent: Sunday, December 11 John 3:22-30  Monday, December 12 Luke 22:29-53  Tuesday, December 13 Luke 22: 54-69  Wednesday, December 14 Mark 1: 11-8 Thursday, December 15  Matthew 3:1-12  Friday, December 16 Matthew 11:2-15  Saturday, December 17 Luke 3:15-20

 

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