From the Pastor
Pr. Sami Johnson
The moment she decides she wants something is the moment she needs to have it. Every moment of waiting is excruciating for her, and for us. Her mood can change from sweet smiles to a pout to a whimper to a wail in seconds! We adults learn not to behave this way when we have to wait, but I don’t think we ever really shake this penchant for impatience.
I don’t know anyone who likes waiting, especially not when they have the choice. Some are better at it than others, they are more patient, but who would revel in waiting? We’ll use any means necessary to avoid waiting; we’re constantly innovating new ways to avoid the wait. At the airport there’s TSA PreCheck and upgrades to shorten the wait, in the grocery store there’s self checkout, there’s fast food and Door Dash, there’s the Fast Pass at Disney. And when waiting is inevitable, what we actually do can hardly be called waiting. Instead, we tend to distract ourselves to help pass the time.
Things weren’t so different for the folks we read about in the Bible. They didn’t much like waiting either. Abraham took matters into his own hands when he grew impatient for the child he was promised. Leaving his wife in the dust, thinking he could expedite God’s plan, he had a baby with his wife’s servant instead. We find another example in the Israelites who couldn’t wait for Moses to descend from the mountain, so they made their own gods with Aaron’s help. Yet again, Jesus’ disciples couldn’t stay awake while he prayed. And after his three days in the grave, they gave up on believing he was who he said he was and retreated into fear instead.
This Advent, this month of December leading up to Christmas, we’re inviting you to willingly enter into this practice of holy waiting.
Perhaps with or without this invitation to wait, you are in a season marked by waiting—waiting for the results, waiting for what is next, waiting in hopeful anticipation, or waiting with dread.
Or maybe, for you, there is no time to wait. Everything is happening now and every moment without a purpose sets you further behind and leaves you scrambling to make up for the wasted time.
I hope you will accept this invitation to reframe waiting as something that is purposeful, holy, and even good.
This noticing might prompt us to respond, too. Most times, I suspect a silent prayer for those around us will be enough. But with others I could imagine perhaps saying hello to start a brief conversation based on something I observe, offering a hand, or even simply a smile.
With the bigger stuff, when you are in seasons of waiting, I wonder how you could redeem that season for good and make it holy. Perhaps you might journal your experiences and your prayers so that you can look back later and be amazed at how some of them were even answered.
As we enter this season of Advent, I hope you will accept this invitation to Just Wait…
—Pr. Sami Johnson
Here are some scheduling notes for the next several weeks:
• December 1 – First Sunday in Advent
• December 4 – Advent Fair
• December 11 and 18 – Advent worship services, 6:40 p.m., Celebrate Center
• December 24 –
2:00 p.m. – “Christmas GIFT” (Generations in Faith Together) family worship, Celebrate Center
4:00 p.m. – Celebrate and Festive worship services (Festive worship will be televised on KTTW at 9:00 p.m.)
5:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Meal, Friendship Room
6:00 p.m. – Festive worship service
10:00 p.m. – Festive worship service
• December 25 – Festive worship service, 10:00 a.m.
November 3, 2019
Lydia Vera Stearns, whose parents are Brad and Megan Stearns.
Alden Raymond Piearson, whose parents are Drew and Celina Piearson.
October 27, 2019
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