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A Season of Waiting

A season of waiting.
A season of waiting for the arrival of something life-changing.
Of waiting for Christ.
Of waiting.

It seems absurd in 2020 to talk of a ‘season of waiting’ when we’ve been on perpetual hold for most of the year. We should be good at waiting by now. We should be intimate with all that it means. But honestly, I’m not sure we are. I don’t think I am.

I still fly from one static activity to the next, filling my ears with noise and my mind with information or distraction. I still need to be reminded to slow down and listen, to breath with intention, to wait and really trust the One I’m waiting for.

The Cambridge Dictionary defines waiting as a verb meaning: to allow time to go by, especially while staying in one place without doing very much, until someone comes, until something that you are expecting happens or until you can do something. Vine’s Expository Dictionary defines waiting as: to expect eagerly; to look for; to continue steadfastly; to sit constantly beside.

What if God is waiting for us?

What if holding us still in this strange place we’ve all found ourselves in is His response to the frenzied world our own hands have created? What if God is in the waiting?

As we begin, or walk through, this very unique Advent season in the small circles of our own homes, I encourage you to light a candle and take a moment each and every day to let God meet you. To honestly, even uncomfortably, wait for Him.

Something life-changing is coming!

Slow down, take time
"Breathe in," He said
He'd reveal what's to come
The thoughts in His mind
Always higher than mine
He'll reveal all to come

So take courage my heart
Stay steadfast my soul
He's in the waiting
He's in the waiting
And hold onto your hope
As your triumph unfolds
He's never failing
He's never failing

Sing praise my soul
Find strength in joy
Let His words lead you on
Do not forget
His great faithfulness
He'll finish all He's begun
(Lyrics to Take Courage by Kristene DiMarco – see https://youtu.be/xwvkLYJkOkk or view at the bottom of this page.

(Angela Cragg)

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For several years an excellent related calendar has been produced by the Centre for Christianity, Culture & the Arts at Biola University. It is thoughtfully presented through a range of written, visual and musical arts: see http://ccca.biola.edu/events/2020/nov/29/2020-advent-project-online-devotional-series/. In 2020 the calendar will be based around Handel’s Messiah.
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