The Fullness of Time: 11/30-12/1/2013
The story of Israel in the Old Testament is a story of people in a Waiting Room. For thousands of years, Israel waited for "someday" to come along bringing a Savior. Yet, even when Jesus came, he said there was still more to come some other day.
This season of Advent is about waiting. It's about longing. Like Israel waited for a Messiah. Like we wait for the Messiah to return and set the world right.
We wait for others things too. While we wait, we are revealed and shaped and refined.
Consider using this Advent season to connect to God and to people you love. Don't let the chaos of the season take over. You may already have some kind of countdown calendar but consider adding some scripture, prayer and conversation to your season. There are all kinds of online resources about fun things to do leading up to Christmas but here are some ideas to dig into the forever story of God and people.
Traditionally, during the first week of Advent, the focus is on the Prophecies about Jesus and the Hope they offered Israel and us.
Check out these passages from the book of Isaiah:
- Isaiah 9.6-7
- Isaiah 52-53
- Isaiah 60-61
- Isaiah 64
Candles are always a big part of Advent, in churches and in homes, to represent the light in the dark. You may want to set some candles aside and light them while you read. Plus, they usually smell good.
Start some conversations around dinner tables and coffee tables about waiting. What are you waiting for in your life? What have you learned during seasons of waiting? Advent is about longing. What have you really wanted in your life? Talk about things that ended up happening and things you had to let go of.
When you have had these conversations with friends and family, consider talking to God about the answers too. Cry out to God in the spirit of Psalm 107. Tell God your troubles. Leave some quiet space for God to move.
For some daily ideas on how to celebrate Advent in families with young children, check out this online resource from Crossroads Church in Cincinnati.