It seems like everything in life has a waiting period.

People wait...for a favorite season....in line for a concert....for a scheduled break...for a mate.... Last year about this same time was the hardest wait Terence & I thought we would ever experience. As time passed we knew we were on the brink of a life-altering event called parenthood. Waiting for Cécile seemed like an impossible task.  On countless occasions I have read that patience is a difficult virtue to develop because patience is often counter cultural to the world we live in today.  Everything about the world my generation lives in works hard at making us think that we don’t need to wait for anything. Think about the commercials we’ve seen telling us it’s NOT OK to wait...

* WE want the new car …. Don’t wait, finance it now, worry about paying later.

* WE want that new iPhone… Get it now and pay later.

* WE want those new clothes … Charge it.

Even with Oatmeal, Old Fashioned Oats vs. Instant Oatmeal – As we sacrifice the natural process and allow additives to come in we pay a COST.   When we forgo some of the divine processes God has designed and developed for us in life, we can experience consequences, but the world never tells us the cost of NOT waiting.  Next day delivery is great, and yes you get it, but it costs much more.

During the Advent Season we are reminded to wait for the coming of our King….Wait for the coming of our Eternal Savior…Wait for the coming of the Son of God.  We are reminded that Jesus is worth the wait and nothing else will satisfy our thirst for more. The Bible says we ought to wait for the Lord because we will mount up like eagles, we will be restored and we will be encouraged. Advent continues to be the time when we reflect on God's greatest gift of Jesus Christ to us. It is a season of "preparation" for celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  As we wait for God to answer our prayer let us remember two things: (1) No matter how long we’ve been waiting, God, our creator, has not forgotten about us and God hears our cries.  So keep praying.  (2) Wait with hope, and be ready for God to answer our needs, not necessarily our wants.   James 5:7-8 says, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.” One of my favorite sayings from Joyce Myer is “Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting.”

For Each Week of Advent

* The first week of Advent focuses on Hope

**The second week of Advent focuses on Love

*** The third week of Advent  focuses on Joy

**** The fourth week of Advent focuses on Peace