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27 November 2016

WEEK ONE: WAITING

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – Sunday 27 November

[Matthew 24: 36-44]

Vigilant Waiting

This time last year I was starting out on the first day of my six-month Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing. Day by day, as I walked through towns, villages and countryside, talking and praying with people who joined me, and sometimes walking alone, I was aware that I was part of the continuing journey of God’s people. A journey on which we constantly rest on God’s promises, and look ahead to the time when all those promises will be fulfilled.

We are part of the Big Story which began with Creation, and will end with the coming of Christ in Glory: a story of God’s love and faithfulness to his people, and a story of his people’s waiting.

Each Advent we remember God’s promises and we experience again the power of waiting. It is discipline which helps us learn and builds up our character through patience, endurance, obedience, hope and faith. Waiting is not a passive thing, it is a way of getting and keeping fit: fit for God’s purpose.

As we look at this first passage of Matthew 24: 36-44, we see that our waiting needs to be focussed, alert and active. Life may seem humdrum, but God’s plan could break in at any time. We don’t know which will come first - Christ’s return (Second Coming), or our death, but we need to live each day as if tomorrow is already here - because one day, we’ll be right.

 

For further reflection, please read Tom Wright – Advent for Everyone, A Journey Through Matthew, pages 1-4