Promises Don’t End the Waiting

Advent, Dec 7, 2013
Read Luke 1:21-23, 38-50, 56

After the angel left Zechariah and after the angel left Mary, their waiting was not over — in fact, it had just begun.  For nine months or more Zechariah could not speak.  For nine months Mary faced possible ridicule and rejection for her pregnancy.

Hearing and recognizing God’s call does not mean I “have it made” or that everything is carefree or that my waiting is over.  But now my waiting is a waiting with a purpose, a waiting with God’s promise.  Now my waiting can be active waiting, attentive waiting, open-ended waiting,  hopeful waiting!

Meditate on that for which you are waiting. Then meditate on who God is and give praise to God, in whose love and promise you are waiting!

Next week’s theme: Preparing the Way

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About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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