Advent is about establishing sacred time and sacred space in our daily amidst all the commercial hype of the Christmas season. It’s a time set apart to reflect on the powerful story of God becoming human and what it means for Church and world. As inspiration, we’ll post a Psalm, a devotional reading from Michael Frost and last Sunday’s message for the next four weeks.
- Psalm 25:1-10
- Four paintings for the four weeks of Advent by Michael Frost
- Sunday’s Message: How do I Wait?
SCRIPTURE from Sunday’s Message:
“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.” (Psalm 130:5-6)
“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman” (Galatians 4:4).
All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Rom. 8:22-28 (MSG)
Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isa 40:31)
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! (Psalm 27:14)