Waiting, Part 3

This thought, idea, theme of waiting has stuck with me all advent season. The idea that the world was waiting on a Savior. Though as followers of Jesus we await His coming again, there are many around us that are still waiting on a Savior. Many may not even know or realize it. Perhaps even those that follow Jesus are in need of a Savior to save them from the emotional pain, hurt, habits that they are entangled with.

There are those around us that await a Savior in the very physical sense of providing food, shelter, pain or the end to the shelling that is going on around them.

Some in the spiritual sense as they feel completely lost, abandoned, unworthy of anyone or anything…..we are all waiting, aren’t we?

The Annunciation

     by Malcolm Guite

We see so little, stayed on surfaces,

          We calculate the outsides of all things,

          Preoccupied with our own purposes

          We miss the shimmer of the angels’ wings

          They coruscate around us in their own joy,

          A whirl of wheels, and eyes and wings unfurled

          They guard the good we purpose to destroy; 

          A hidden blaze of glory in God’s world. 

         But on this day, a young girl stopped to see,

         With open eyes and heart, she heard the voice,

          The promise of His Glory yet to be;

          And time stood still for her to make a choice.

          Gabriel knelt, and not a feathered stirred.

          The Word Himself was waiting on her word.

Perhaps it is my own perspective of growing up in the country I did, the color of skin I have- none of it by choice, all in accordance with God’s design-either way, we see so little at times. We don’t take the time to stop and look. We don’t take the time to stop and….breathe in what is around us.

We wait for Christmas-be it for presents, the magic of Christmas morning, the snow fall coming, traditions being relived again, family that is coming or we’re going to, that certain dish that is only prepared on this day, the celebration of Jesus’ birth or the special service we always attend, we are waiting. As we wait with baited breath on this coming Christmas day may we take a moment to simply wait, see where God is in that moment and be thankful.

May, this Christmas, we not miss the shimmer of the angels’ wings and the blaze of God’s Glory. Instead, I pray, that we all see God and His presence with us that day. Be blessed this Christmas.

What have you experienced, seen or heard duriing your own time of waiting?


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