This year, 1,100 miles separate me from the people with whom I have spent every Thanksgiving. Rather than holding to tradition, my plans involve waiting: waiting for the phone to be passed around to each loved one, waiting for the day to pass, waiting for Christmas so I can join them.
Playful fun should be redemptive and life-giving. The well-being of shalom best describes the fun we seek with all of our heart. It is like the sound of children playing in a pool, baptized and cleansed, joyful and grateful.
This Advent season, Job provides us with a model of how to wait. Let us, too, voice our deepest fears and frustrations to God.
This Advent, let us remember just what we are waiting for.
During Advent, our focus is supposed to be on waiting for the Lord and what he will do. This season of the church year is a time to wait for God’s plan to unfold.
How are people of the Bible waiting, and how are we called to wait with them? Learning from Henri Nouwen and Christoph Blumhardt.