Wait for the Lord
“Wait for the Lord, keep watch, take heart! Rejoice in the Lord always, God is at hand.”
This beautiful song is from the Taizé community in France who granted us permission to use this song.
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We do not wait in Advent in optimism, but in hope. Waiting and hope are closely related: Christ is coming - Emmanuel, God with us. Thus "is coming", ie in the future, involves waiting, but we turn it into hope by the word "is" being in bold, italics, underscored and in a striking colour.
Romans 8 triumphantly encourages us. In verse 31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”. This is regardless of our circumstances for in verse 35 we read "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?". Then in verses 37-39, "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”.
Come, Lord Jesus, Come.