It’s Advent, Mama. The time of year when we wait in hopeful anticipation for the coming of the Redeemer, the One who will save the world.
It certainly seems like this year, more than any other year that I can remember, that our broken world desperately needs a Savior.
I’m not one for waiting. If I have an idea, I act on it (ask my husband how many times this year I’ve changed around the furniture); if I make a plan, I want to start in on it right away. And yet, this season, this time of waiting, always seems do my hurried heart good.
Don’t miss the gift of waiting, friend. Don’t skip too quickly ahead to the celebrating. Take this time as a family to wait together. A little over 2000 years ago, the whole world was waiting, hoping, longing for a Savior. The future was uncertain. The days were long and hard. God’s people were waiting.
And so during this season, our family walks out the days of waiting. This year we’ve been using Advent Blocks to mark the days leading up to Christmas. Each evening after dinner we gather as a family and turn one block around, then read the corresponding story to go with it. Other years we’ve read the Jesus Storybook Bible or another Children’s Bible as we’ve walked together towards Christmas. It doesn’t have to be complicated or long—it can simply be a 3-5 minute reading of His story as you remember together.
How are you as a family marking this Advent Season? Is there something you could do each day, or once a week (we also light an Advent candle weekly with our church) to learn well the lesson of waiting, even as you celebrate the joys of this season?
There are beautiful lessons to be learned in the waiting, friend. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned that sometimes, the waiting itself is a gift when my heart wants to hurry onward. May waiting and pausing minister to your heart this season as we all wait for the only One who can heal our broken world.