If we were having coffee, I would ask you to sit with me for a moment and chat about our difficulties in waiting. How do you like your coffee or tea?
Do you like to wait? I don’t. To me it is time wasted. I usually multi-task while waiting, by reading, doodling, deleting stuff from my phone…you know. I am very impatient. Definitely a character flaw.
If we were having coffee, I would remind you that a host of bloggers have posted about the recent, tragic events in the form of mass shootings and terrorism all over the world. As our hearts go out to the victims and families who have suffered injury and death, we simply long for peace.
Unfortunately we all know the world will go the way it will go, not as you or I would have it. So we must wait.
Along the continuum of religious belief, whether Christian, Jew, Muslim or atheist, or somewhere in between, you and I will wait for peace. We may wait our entire lives. Our children will likely wait their entire lives.
I have no answers for you. Only you can decide how you can find peace.
My beliefs help me cope with the lack of peace in our world, which brings me to this question…
…If we were having coffee, I would ask you if you celebrate Advent? If you do not, take a moment to read the rest of this post.
The advent season is also about waiting. During advent, we’re reminded of all those centuries when God’s people awaited the fulfillment of God’s promises, the years of uncertainty, the time of doubt.
“The time before Christmas is Advent, a season of preparation for Christmas. Christians prepare for celebrating the birth of Jesus by remembering the longing of the Jews for a Messiah. In Advent, we’re reminded of how much we ourselves also need a Savior, and we look forward to our Savior’s second coming even as we prepare to celebrate his first coming at Christmas. The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming” or “visit.”
From the blog of Patheos by Mark D Roberts.
On this second Sunday of Advent, as Christians light the second candle, we celebrate and pray for peace. Now more than ever we need peace in light of recent events. Regardless of your spiritual orientation, as humans, we long for peace on this planet.
“We can bring peace to these dark days. We can be a light for others to see by.”
Janet Sunderland. Community of the Incarnation
If you would like to know more about the celebration of Advent, read Fascinating Mystery for more information.
May we all find the peace we crave during this time of reflection, regardless of the wait.
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