Today marked the beginning of our Advent celebration.

The focus? Hope
The problem? Waiting

I know few people who enjoy the process of waiting, and yet it is — and always has been — a part of the Christian life.

The first waiting room, established in the Garden (no shoes required), came about soon after God pronounced judgment on Satan… and announced hope in the form of Jesus Christ. (Genesis 3:15) From that moment on, those in the Old Testament waited for the first arrival of their Messiah, and today we eagerly await and anticipate His second coming.

Although the kind of hope Christ followers possess has nothing to do with uncertainty, it does have something to do with waiting. However, unlike the picture above, I imagine our waiting room to be without chairs.

After all, who has time to sit and wait?

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,
making the most of every opportunity,
because the days are evil.”
Ephesians 5:15-17

“…for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night….So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.”
1 Thessalonians 5:2, 6

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