Eagerly waiting!

After Labor Day came Christmas. Well, not really, but the stores were setting up Christmas displays in September. Merchants just couldn’t wait to get the merchandise moving. People started buying Christmas presents because they did not want to wait in long lines. Children everywhere are saying, “I can’t wait for Christmas to come.” Some parents are saying, “I can’t wait until Christmas is over.”

For the Christian, Advent is all about waiting. We wait in eager anticipation to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. Next week, our wait will be over. Christmas will be here.  After Christmas, we continue to wait, not idly, but eagerly in the Word. Empowered by the Spirit we witness of our Savior until Jesus returns again.  In His Second Advent, He will come and raise us up to His glorious throne.

Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, Let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s Strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art, Dear Desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart.  LSB 338.