Tonight we celebrate the second week of Advent. My childhood church spent this week focusing on “waiting” (traditionally it’s “love”). I like the waiting aspect because in today’s world our waiting has been reduced as advancements in technology allow us to access movies, music, information and people at the touch of a button. However, in our relationship with Jesus it’s important to understand the value of waiting as we wait for prayers to be answered, as we wait for direction, as we faithfully wait for His return. Although difficult, there is value in the process of waiting and so much to be learned from those who waited for the birth of our Savior!
Season of Advent Week Two: Waiting
LIGHT TWO CANDLES
EVERYONE: Jesus said, “I am the light of the word whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness.”
What does the second candle symbolize?
The second candle reminds us of the waiting for the Messiah whose coming was promised.
Scripture: Isaiah 7:14
Questions: When have you waited for something? In a world where technology allows us to access people and things quickly why is waiting important? What is the hardest thing for you to wait for? As we wait for the return of Jesus, what should we be doing? Is your faith stregthened or challenged by waiting?
Dear God, we find ourselves waiting for someone to come and change things. We sit, anticipating the end of wars, the end of hunger, the end of all our troubles. How like our Old Testament ancestors we are! Help us to realize that we are not powerless to bring about change, but that with Christ, we have strength and the power to work for a new world, reflecting the love of God and God with us. Amen
During the next week, read Isaiah 40:1-31
To read week one.