Strengthened in the Hopeful Waiting

The waiting of Advent is a special kind. It is expectant/hopefilled. Yeah, like in the connotation of pregnancy. Mary and Joseph and Elizabeth and Zechariah and the prenatal John. As the waiting continues it grows. It impinges more and more powerfully on the present “from” the future. And this, not in the sense of progress/production but in the sense of fulfillment/maturation. There is a difference. Manifesting in the present the fullness of grace and truth. Strengthening all who inhabit the present in this way. All of them, in their own unique way, wait in this way. They invite us to join them…

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Isaiah 40.27-31
27 For why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, saying, “My way is hidden from God, and my God took away my judgment and departed”? 28 So then, have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the God who created the ends of the earth, neither hungers nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives strength to the hungry, and sorrow to those who do not grieve. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the elect shall be without strength. 31 But those who wait on God shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not hunger.

Psalm 129
1 Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord;

2 O Lord, hear my voice;
Let Your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplication.

3 If You, O Lord, should mark transgression,
O Lord, who would stand?

4 For there is forgiveness with You.

5 Because of Your law, O Lord, I waited for You;
My soul waited for Your word.

6 My soul hopes in the Lord,
From the morning watch until night;
From the morning watch until night,
Let Israel hope in the Lord.

7 For with the Lord there is mercy,
And with Him is abundant redemption;

8 And He shall redeem Israel
From all his transgressions.

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