Advent Begets Patience

Isaiah 40:31 says, “They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Today, as I listened to Mendelssohn’s “I Waited for the Lord “…  (I waited for the Lord, he inclined unto me…he heard my complaint. O blest are they that hope and trust in him), I reflected on the past year. I became a bit weary as I pined over all of my hopes, dreams, aspirations, and disappointments in 2021.

Then ….”Anticipation” by Carly Simon came on a TV ad. What a juxtaposition!    It made me think, and I asked God, What do you have in store for me in 2022? What should I prepare for going forward?

Waiting is hard.  We sometimes forget God is working in our lives.  Waiting helps us to stop, and forces us to think and reflect on the blessings in our lives.  Maybe, the things we think we want aren’t what we need.

The Advent season reminds us every year to “Trust and Wait on God” as we anticipate the birth of Christ. Advent is a time of patiently waiting; not in our time, but in God’s time. 

That gives me comfort for 2022.

Brenda W. Walker

One response to “Advent Begets Patience”

  1. Brenda, Thank you! I love the Mendelsohn piece! I first heard it in high school and it has been a friend to me to this day. The version I learned is a duet, and it reminds me that sometimes, waiting for the Lord is eased a little where there is companionship.Thank you for the reminder and both of these wonderful musical reminders. and thinking about it in the

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