Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. (Luke 1:57-58)
The thing about pregnancy is, it comes to an end. Nobody ever stayed pregnant forever (though it feels like it sometimes). I remember when I first found out I was pregnant. Suddenly my world turned into a relentless countdown to birth. There was no way out—it was a one-way ride that would end sometime in May. I was overjoyed, but also terrified.
I wonder if Elizabeth felt like that, facing childbirth? I wonder if you feel like that, facing something that has a predestined end, either good or bad. The days before you start a new job. The senior year of a son or daughter. The final days of a loved one.
Waiting is rarely easy, and God knows it. Maybe that's why He has given us so many good things to get us through—His promises, His Word, the Lord's Supper, each other. Best of all, He has given us His own Son Jesus, our long-awaited Savior. We could have no better companion during these days. He loves us, He has redeemed us, and He will never leave us alone. We can bear our waiting one day at a time, leaning on His strength.
THE PRAYER: Lord, when I am having a hard time with waiting, please help me. Amen.
* What are you waiting for right now?
* What is the hardest part of waiting?
* Tell a story about a way God helped you when you were waiting and it was difficult.
Advent Devotions were written by Dr. Kari Vo.
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