Advent Devotion: November 30
Can You Wait?
Read Luke 2:1-14
We are preparing for a story that we have all heard multiple times. We know where the story takes us despite our best attempts to anticipate the coming Christ. We try to walk slowly with Mary and Joseph from conception to manger, but the baby Jesus and Wise Men are already in the nativity scene on the mantle and Christmas songs are already in our heads. We know about the Shepherds watching their flocks and about the visit of the angel of the Lord. We are, yet again, waiting for the birth of our Savior.
Advent begs us to wait. This season wants us to not rush to what we already know, but to settle into each scene of the story as it unfolds. Perhaps you are better at waiting than I am, but I find it incredibly difficult to not view the Christmas story in its entirety. I cannot un-know the birth of Christ, the manger, or the life that awaits the Christ child.
This conundrum has lead me to think about new ways to prepare for The Christmas story. Read Luke 2:1-14 if you have not done so yet. Take note of the Angel who appears and shakes us up through a message. I believe that the Angel of the Lord most certainly passes through our towns this time of year and is longing for someone to hear the news that he has to announce: a Savior has been born to you.
Indeed, a savior has been born to us. The Christmas story has happened and it is for our benefit. Therefore, I believe our anticipating Christmas during this season begs us to seek out new ways to hear the Angel of The Lord speaking to us as we wait. Where do you see God at work in your life this season? Are there ways in which you should prepare the manger for the Savior that you haven?t done in years past? What does it mean that the Angel speaks to you every year? Use this Advent season as a time to think through new ways to prepare for the Savior and to rediscover for yourself the discipline of waiting.
Prayer: Dear Lord, teach us to wait on you, help us to prepare for you in our hearts, and always make us to see and hear where you are among us. Amen.