We’re all waiting for something. Thinking over the last month ago, waiting has been this sort of “power” that has been fuelling my daily living…
The order is deliberate. Jesus has come pretty much last on my list, despite me being a very good Anglican and observing the liturgical calendar; the idea that I make advent all about waiting actively for Jesus. The fact of the matter is that our lives are full of waiting “noise”.
It’s time to prioritise. Waiting isn’t, in itself, a bad thing. A few weeks ago, I preached in church on Advent Sunday about the difference between passive and active waiting. You can listen here. I mentioned that people don’t like to wait anymore and want everything immediately.
Good things come to those who wait.
But when we do wait, I think some things are more worth waiting for than others. The problem is that I don’t know how to get away from the noise of waiting.
Perhaps waiting for all the other stuff isn’t actually that bad. I suppose it’s more about looking at the bigger picture.
So with that in mind, as I wait for Christmas Dinner, Christmas Presents, the next party, the next night out or whatever, I shall try to remember how fortunate I am that I have the option to wait for these things, whilst at the same time, many are waiting for liberty, justice, peace, the right to be heard, an end to the violence… the list goes on.
Of course, the Christian hope is that all these things have their end in Jesus. So maybe what I need to make a conscious effort to wait for is the coming of Jesus’ kingdom.
In fact, I think we’re all waiting for Jesus’ kingdom, religious or not. We all want things to be OK in the end, from the Christmas turkey to the situation in the Middle East. Jesus’ kingdom allows that to happen within the big salvation plan of God, which we so often get confused by, mostly because we either don’t recognise it, or don’t see it fully revealed.
I think there’s a challenge in that…
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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