I've never really been good at waiting. I was the child that found no shame in peeking at her Christmas gifts a few days early, sometimes I still am. Truthfully, my impatience is often manifested in the form of a distractedness, I get caught up in the busyness of life's demands and often fail to sit still within the potential beauty of the present. It seems, however, that this time of year calls for a different type of living, a chance to rest, reflect, and be grateful for what is before us.

There was a moment last week when I had a chance to get away. I sat alone in my college chapel and soaked in the silence as I tried to be attentive to God's presence. Towards the back of the chapel stood four Christmas trees silently begging to be noticed, as I observed them within that moment I was reminded of the beauty and necessity of the advent season. I've been thinking a lot about advent lately-the waiting, the praying, the stillness. I think advent is a beautiful invitation to cling to hope...hope within the seen and hope within the yet to be seen, and perhaps our world needs a bit more of this type of living. 

So much of the Christmas story is packed with waiting. Mary waiting for the birth of her child. Joseph waiting for his expected family. The wise men waiting to witness the promised one. The people simply waiting for their King. I often wonder if the world still looks like this, as if we're all simply waiting for something a bit more hopeful to arrive. I believe the advent season calls us to enter into that hope, hope in what Christ did and hope in what Christ says He will do.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)
He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. (Revelation 21:5)

The end of the year is packed with so much - there are exams to take, family and friends to visit, gifts to buy, losses to mourn, and new beginnings to expect; it all can be so good, but I don't want it to distract me from the true light and hope to be found within this advent season. The hope we have been given in Jesus. Christ was destined to come, Christ came, and Christ will come again! I hope we all cling to that hope just a little bit more this Christmas.

Natalie //

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