I asked my dad one time what his favorite Bible verse was.  He told me it was Isaiah 40.31:  “Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”  He said this wasn’t always his favorite verse; when he was younger, he preferred the “go forth – serve – change the world” scriptures.  But these days, there is comfort in knowing how to be still, know God, and wait upon the Lord.

I don’t know; I’m still at the “go forth and change the world” age, I guess.  I don’t really like to sit still and wait.  Having to “wait” makes priorities like church leadership, committee work, and facilities renovations a real challenge for me!

But Advent is a time of waiting.  A time of “gestation,” waiting patiently for the baby to come, feeling the hope-pangs and nudges of the Spirit wanting to be born.  Advent is a time to be still, and to know God.

Sometimes December feels like “hurry up – go forth – shop till you drop – change the world!”  But Advent speaks to us in a whisper like a mother leaning over her sleeping child, and says, “only God can change the world.  And it happens through a baby.”

Blessed Advent, my friends.

Pastor Sara