Wait and Watch

 The Episcopal tradition calls on us to wait and watch expectantly for the birth of Jesus during advent, the first season of the church year.  Advent begins on the Sunday nearest to November 30 and continues until Christmas.  The season is a penitential one and is also considered to be a time of preparing for the Second Coming of Christ.   The origin of Advent is not known but we do know that it was observed as early as the 6th century.

It is difficult to maneuver the holiday hoopla and remain in a penitential expectant state on most days for me.  However, one morning this week as I walked out to grab the paper, this rose colored sunrise surprised me.

A beautiful beginning to a new day and I could hear loud and clear –

Wait, Expect, Prepare, Repent…

sunrise

 One of the readings for today, the third Sunday of advent is from the book of James…

“Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord.  The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.  You also must be patient.  Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.”

If we hold out a little part of each of these next few busy days for some intentional waiting I suspect that the peace and joy of the season will be revealed to us…

sunrise

wait and watch…

dog at sunrise

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Comments

  1. Kandy Sims says:

    Love!!

  2. Good one! Thanks!!

  3. Ingrid taylor says:

    I feel this Advent Season you, it’s always my favorite time for the gospel!!

  4. mnestorc@aol.com says:

    Thanks everyone! Enjoy your intentional waiting and watching over the next few days!