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Advent Meditation: Friday, December 20, 2019By Marlon Johnson
Psalm 40, 54, 51 • Zechariah 7:8-8:8 • Matthew 25:14-30
Wait. Reflect. Trust. Pray…Nope!
I was anxious! As a kid, I could not wait for what was to come. I wanted candy now. I wanted answers now. I wanted forgiveness, hope, gifts now! To endure the pain of waiting for a parent to finish shopping or for God to show up on God’s time was simply too much. But, much like the Psalmist, I needed to wait. Someone much greater than myself could hold things together in a way I could not understand.
Today, I am still learning to wait.
For most, the gift of waiting is hard. The Psalmist encourages us to find God’s peace while we wait. In our patience, we make meaning of our precious moments. Waiting deepens our understanding of the here and now, whether it pushes us to confront pain or it opens us to receive gentle rest in God’s peace. God knows there is something good in waiting.
To wait, however, does not mean to be immobile. In our readings, we are called to be merciful; to use what we have been given for the betterment of others. Waiting means we believe in the continual movement of Christ in our lives; that in all we do, we trust that what God does next will be, and is, better than what we could have imagined.
This Advent Season: Wait. Reflect. Trust. And Pray.
Remind us to wait for you, O God. Prepare us for the now and the next. Amen.
Instructor in Counselor Education
Seminary of the Southwest
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