The readings this week tell us about preparing the way of the Lord and waiting patiently as he is patient with us. Typically, I am not a very patient person – there’s a plan and for the most part, I expect things to happen accordingly (like a good planner, build in some buffer time). Wow, has 2020 taught me a new level of flexibility, although I suppose that’s the theme for many of us. There are so many things I looked forward to this year, so many trips to take and pals to see. I certainly didn’t expect the pandemic to last so long, although I’m not sure what I was thinking, that perhaps it would magically go away which of course seems silly to say now.
Peter tells us, “…while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.” God likely rarely finds me at peace. As someone with general anxiety, I’m often worrying about things out of my control. 2020 was full of moments when peace was difficult to find, changing plans, coping with severe Zoom-fatigue, and genuinely missing face-to-face contact. In this Advent season, I hope to find quiet time that is as unique as the year we’ve experienced – to be found with peace and patience just as God gives us.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your generous patience with us. As we are anxious, impatient, and worried, we pray to feel your peace. The last eight months have reminded us that you are most supreme. Let us use this season of Advent to draw closer to you and learn to follow in your ways. We pray to be instruments of your Will as we prepare for your Coming. Amen
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Mark 1:1
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Join our Advent study on the every Sunday of Advent at 9:30 am. We’ll be using Dr. Amy-Jill Levine’s study series Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent. Dr. Levine is a professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt Divinity School. She describes herself as a “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Protestant divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt.” Just sign on to our worship Zoom link.
A Jesse Tree is a way of preparing for Advent by journeying through the stories on Jesus’s family tree as you decorate your Christmas tree. Each ornament symbolizes a Bible story, you’ll see how God prepared for Jesus to be born through many generations. You can downoad a free printable Jesse Tree Ornament Kit. You can find ideas for using this kit at Super Ideas for Making and Using Jesse Tree: God’s Big Advent Story.