What are YOU waiting for?
On a starry night in Bethlehem, a nation was waiting for God to fulfill his promise of deliverance and freedom. It’s summed up powerfully in the words to the song, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”
O come, O come Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appears
Rejoice rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee oh Israel*
As we approach Advent (which means, “arrival”) it’s worth asking what we’re waiting for? Are there promises of God that you’re holding on to? Is there a freedom that has eluded you? Is there anything you long for God to do in your life, your marriage, your family, or your city?
The longings of our heart are often expressed in our prayers. What are you praying for this season? What do you need God to do for you? Whatever that is, ask. (You may recall our recent series on Learning the Language of God.) This is the time and the season to ask. Not Santa Claus, but the one whom St. Nicholas worshiped: Emmanuel – God with us.
Oh come thou day-spring come and cheer our spirits by thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night and death’s dark shadows put to flight
Oh come desire of nations bind in one the hearts of all mankind
Bid thou our sad divisions cease and be thyself our king of peace
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee oh Israel*
I’m praying for God to bring his power and peace into your life and into our world this time of year.
* by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1864