Dear ones who wait,
I see you wrestling in your holy tension. I hear you say, “Is this the path I should walk? Is this way I should go? Is this how it will be for me always?”
Keep your eyes on Jesus.
Listen for his voice as you wait and watch for tomorrow.
He is coming for you.
But at midnight there was a cry: ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’
Dear ones who mourn,
I see your bruises, and scars, and your new normal. I hear you say: “I am crushed beyond what I can bear. My joy is no more. Who can restore my soul?”
Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.
Do you see him weep with you? Do you see him sitting there, in the fire, right next to you? Do you see him descending into hell to keep his promise that all will be well?
Trust his intentions for you.
Listen for his voice as you wait in the ashes.
Everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Dear ones who feel hopeless,
I see your righteous anger.
I hear you say: “Who will defend the young girl in the filthy brothel? Who will protect the innocent in the womb? How long until the final trumpet blows?”
Do not despair as you wait for Jesus.
Soon – every knee will bow.
Do not fear as you sow righteousness and wait.
Soon – every captive will be free.
Keep watch for Jesus as you work.
He is coming with a vengeance to rescue the world. He will plant vineyards of righteousness in all the barren places. In the blink of an eye Christ will restore all that the locusts have eaten.
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
Dear ones who wait this Advent.
Your waiting is not in vain, even though your faith may be faint. Your waiting will be redeemed. The true king, your hope and salvation, is returning very soon.
Can you hear him?
He is not far off…
Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Peace to you as you wait for the hope of the world.
*Images by Anthony Owens Jones Photography