Read Psalm 90.
Psalm 90vv3ff (The Message)
Patience! You’ve got all the time in the world—whether
a thousand years or a day, it’s all the same to you.
2 Peter 3vv8-9
8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.
Silence is kept for two minutes.
Advent is a season of waiting. A good question to ask yourself as you set out on this journey is where am I waiting on God to show up, for God to move, for God to save? But Advent is not simply about our waiting. It also immerses us in the patience of God. From the foundations of the world, God has been waiting patiently, slowing revealing to us the fullness of who he is. There have been twists and turns in the story, setbacks, rebellions, and ultimately exile. But God is patient, he won’t give up on relationship and he won’t give up on the story. Advent is about waiting, yes but it is first and foremost about God’s waiting. As Jesus’ life will show us, we didn’t know what we were waiting for. But God is waiting. Longing. In Advent, as God enters our time and tense, we enter into God’s longing.
Prepare the Way, Lord. May our hearts wait for you and you alone. May we long for the things you long for.