Year to you!
amazed at how quickly the time seems to click by,
unless I'm waiting for something. Then, whew!
It's like it will never get here.
Even as I
write, I am awaiting the arrival of friend whom I'm
anxious to see. We've been counting down the
days, and now it's here. The house is neat,
guest room prepared, fresh towels in the newly
cleaned guest bath. And here I wait. And wait.
Expectancy. We have a lot of that as
Christians. We've just come out of the time of
Advent--a Season of expectation as we look for the
birth of the Christ child in Bethlehem. And in
a matter of a couple of weeks, we will enter another
time of expectation. The Season of Lent.
Lent is a time when we roam a bit in the wilderness.
Jesus did it to prepare himself for his ministry
here on Earth. He faced the toughest of
temptations for our sakes, so that he might
intimately know that which tempts us on a daily
basis, and so that he might show us how to endure
it. But we've fallen short in the face of
temptations. And so we enter the wilderness
during Lent to enter a time of introspection and
prayer and penance. It is a time of personal
reflection of our deep need for a Savior. As
Jesus used the wilderness experience as a time to
prepare for his ministry, we can use our journey in
the wilderness as a means by which we can prepare
ourselves for the Hope that is to come at Easter--
the resurrection of the Christ and the redemption of
not forget that, as Christians, we are waiting on
the return of our resurrected Lord. My sister
and I have spoken recently about the wars, the
natural disasters around the world and questioned:
could this be it? Is the time upon us?
As I made ready the room for my guest, I found my
thoughts wandering... and wondering. The room
is ready, but am I ready? Am I ready
and prepared to greet Christ? "Be dressed for
action and have your lamps lit; be like those who
are waiting for their master to return from the
wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for
him as soon as he comes and knocks." Luke 13:35-36.
This waiting-- it's
Grace and peace
to you as you journey.
Yours in Christ,