December 13, 2016
There is waiting, and there is waiting.
Some wait for buses they can see coming down the road. They wait for a date who has said is on her way or for a dinner already ordered. They wait, knowing that in due time, what they expect will come to pass.
Others wait with no assurance their hope will ever be realized. These that wait with growling stomachs, for relief while bombs come closer and closer to their part of Aleppo, wait in loneliness, in grief, in their frustration, in the dark.
This is the tension of Advent. We can never be sure what the light will mean to us in this time, but it does mean that God is working in the dark to prepare our way. We can be sure that what we need most will come!
God does God’s best work in the dark. If you find yourself there, you are not alone. Scriptures remind us, “…those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Therefore, don’t lose heart! Let us wait for joy, and work even while despairing. Let us wait for peace, and fight and pray through chaos and war. Let us wait for answers, all the while living in hope, for in the end, we can be sure that the darkness will not overcome the light, and that the light is ever more brilliant on the backdrop of the night.
There is waiting, and there is waiting—and God is with us. –Rev. Kelle Brown