Today’s Readings: AM Psalm 119:1-24; PM Psalm 12, 13, 14; Amos 3:12-4:5; 2 Pet. 3:1-10; Matt. 21:23-32
Patience is a virtue, as I’ve often been told, but it is only recently that I have begun to appreciate the importance of patience as more than passively waiting. Patience is recognizing the value of time in any given situation. Patience is actively listening for the Holy Spirit, living in the present and taking things as they come.
For me, Advent is a lesson in patience. Thanksgiving and Christmas are such large family affairs in my life that I find it difficult to return to my normal routine for the few weeks in between. I am eager for the smells of the kitchen, the doorbells announcing the arrival of a cousin or an aunt, and the general flurry of commotion surrounding the holidays – and I don’t want to concentrate on the season in between.
However, if we let it, Advent can be a season of joyous anticipation. It is the time we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of the Lord, lighting candles in our Advent wreaths and opening doors in Advent calendars, counting down to the birth in Bethlehem. As we begin our church year anew, Advent is a time for reflection, for discernment, a time we look into ourselves and determine how we can best serve Christ through the use of our gifts.
Peter tells us that the Lord is patient with us. During Advent, we as God’s creation must be patient too, waiting for the birth of Christ. In the meantime, we listen for the movement of the Holy Spirit in our lives, until at last, our Savior is born and we rejoice in the power of the Lord.