Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Time of Waiting

Advent is by definition a time of waiting.  We are anticipating the birth of Christ and it is a time of preparation and fasting.  The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word parousia.

Christ is coming.  One of the texts of today is about that direction - 2 Peter 3: 1-10

This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you; in them I am trying to arouse your sincere intention by reminding you that you should remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken through your apostles.
First of all you must understand this, that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and indulging their own lusts and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since our ancestors died, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation!” They deliberately ignore this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water, through which the world of that time was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the godless.
But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.
The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.

You don't have to look very hard at anyone's life and you see that we are waiting.  We would not - most of us say - for the second coming of Christ.  We would say that we are waiting for something good to come or something bad to pass. I am waiting for these exercises that I am doing for my shoulder to make a difference and to have the pain leave and more mobility come.

It sure seems like it fits for this Advent time - and I have written about it before.  I think that the God led life is trusting that our actions for healing will eventually lead to healing.  Even though in the moment they feel like they are ineffective.

And that healing is not just for our bodies - but also for our world. I look at the protests in North Dakota for the pipeline and I am sure people after a while thought about that effort by so many people- what difference does it make?  But for this moment it seems like it has changed the outcome of what had been planned although who knows what will happen when we have a new President. 

What I keep learning is that we have to just do our part for healing - our bodies, our relationships, our country, the earth.  Take Our little steps, plant our seeds,   do our exercises and then trust that God is doing what God does......healing, reconciling, guiding, growing, bringing life.

I can write a blog like this every day that sounds hopeful- but the truth of my life is that I am getting VERY impatient with waiting right now.

A Blessing

May the God of PROMISE be with you,
May God be for you encouragement and a guarantee of hiliness and happiness.
May you know God's pledge of faithfulness and unconditional love.
And may your own vow of faithfulness bring God's promise of life into the lives of those you touch.
May the God of PROMISE be with you.

(Maxine Shonk)

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