Advent … the season of waiting and hoping

Advent starts tomorrow, November 29. It is the beginning of the Christian year.  Today I prepared by Advent by reading Psalm 130.

Psalm 130 emphasizes waiting and hoping — Advent’s two strongest themes.

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.”
Psalm 130:5-6
As Advent begins, I hope you will join me and millions of others as we wait hopefully on the Lord together.  Waiting with a hopeful heart is not just wishful thinking. It’s not just “Well, guys, Christmas is coming. Let’s be positive.” No, our waiting is based on the Word of God and its promises.
So, are there places in your life that you are waiting for God to act?  This season of Advent is a good time to bring those longings, those yearnings, to God, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Christ child, the Savior and Lord of the world.
“Lord, we yearn for your Kingdom to come, for your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. During this season of Advent we turn to you; and we prepare our hearts for you to come among us. Come Lord Jesus. Pitch your tent with us, and be the ever present God. … even in the neighborhoods in which we live and move and have our beings. Amen.”

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