…so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9: 28
There is a sweetness and a beauty in waiting. Our consumer culture denies this. We are( most of the time) so impatient and demanding that we cannot wait. Wait. Enjoy the wait.
To be kept waiting by others can be a frustration. To keep others waiting might be a rudeness. To “wait on the Lord” is quite simply the description of the Christian faith. Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. So we wait, and work and plan and do the work of the kingdom together.
To wait for something means to be expectant and hopeful. Life is coming. The next minute or the next day or next year holds something good for you. Wait. We are approaching the season of Advent. I don’t want to rush us into it, but it’s hard to wait! Advent is the blue season, of the sky and of Mary. It is the purple season, the color that streams in front of the king. Faith waits and as it waits it learns and wonders and sings and serves others.
On Sunday the children will present a skit based on the Book of Ruth. It is an appropriate story for this time of year because it draws our attention to Bethlehem and to the lineage of the great king David, and of course to Jesus, who was born in David’s line.