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The Waiting Place

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“...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

NO!
That’s not for you!”
-Dr. Seuss

We’ve reached the season of advent, “the waiting place,” the celebration and remembrance of the incarnation of Christ, promised from the beginning of time and foretold by the prophets. As believers on this side of the cross, we wait in anticipation for the advent of His second coming. Our hope is in Jesus to redeem, restore, and renew all that is broken within us and around us.
The waiting place for a Christian is the hoping place. This has been a year of waiting for me; waiting for grief to pass, a house to sell, a baby to be born, and God’s will to be revealed for the next season of my Christian service. But, I have not waited without hope, that’s not for me, my hope is in The Lord, my joy comes from Him.  
I go to church and sing songs with tears in my eyes with the eternal hope and promise that my loved ones who were in Christ are with Him. I long for the day when they will be resurrected with Christ and we will all be around the throne together, worshiping Him. My ultimate hope is not in houses, people, or even reward, my hope is in Him to keep His promise to rescue you and me from this fallen broken world and our own sin and death.
So, this advent season, if you feel you’ve lost your hope or lost your joy, remember The One you are waiting on is worthy of the wait. He is faithful, He is true, He keeps His promises, and He is good. The longer we live, the more loved ones we lose, the more heartache we suffer, the more temptation there is to become jaded and depressed instead of turning to The Lord to celebrate our hope during this Advent season that He came once and He promises to come again! May you bubble over with this hope this season so much so that it splashes on those around you and they may know the eternal joy that lives within you.

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