The Waiting of Advent     

The Waiting of Advent     

The Waiting of Advent

What do you do when you’re waiting? Do you look around and do some people watching? Do you fiddle with your phone, texting a friend or looking up the latest news? Do you bite your tongue with impatience? Do you get stressed and nervous that something won’t get done on time?

This Sunday marks the beginning of the Advent season on the church calendar. It is the beginning of a new church year and it starts with waiting. What are we waiting for? The word Advent means that something is coming. We are waiting for the coming of Christ as we look to the wondrous story of the birth of Jesus and as we wait for Christ to come again to bring peace on earth.

So what will we do as we’re waiting? Will we be bored and distracted? Will we be stressed and nervous? Or will we be calm and patient? Will we be prepared and proactive? Will we simply wait, or will we keep watch and be alert to how we can participate in places where Christ is already coming into the world?

When God says in the Bible, “Behold I am making all things new” it is not simply about the future. It is in the presence tense. This means we do not have to just wait. We can also be a part of the activity of the Spirit of Christ bringing peace right now. Today.

-Pastor Erik Goehner

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