Until The Son Of God Appear
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I could spend hours in an airport, even if I have nowhere to go. There is something profound about seeing so many individuals sharing the same space as each carry their unique emotional experience of whatever this journey means to them. The pain of separation on the departure level and the joy of unification in arrivals is only separated by one cement floor and a few meters of vertical space, yet love is present in different ways in both these ups and downs.
In recent years the season of Advent has become this kind of an experience for me. The deep assurance of Christ’s promise to return fills me with hope, coupled with the frustration that he has not come yet. I have anticipation that one day we will see Christ as he is and all things will be made right, while each day seems to invite new reasons to mourn as we are reminded that everything in and around us is not subject to Christ as it should. Perhaps both longing and hope are part of this waiting.
Waiting for Christ is not like waiting for Christmas. Christmas is always the 25th, the days can be counted down; anticipation can build and will be satisfied. Christ’s return calls for a longing that could be met immediately or not in this lifetime. In light of the difficulty of waiting for something that seems indefinite, it is easiest to stop longing, closing myself off from pain of the “not-yet-ness” of his coming, but also then closing down to the hope his coming brings.
I’ve been encouraged this year that we don’t wait alone. God himself is waiting for the time to be full. He is patient with us as we are made ready for his appearing. As we wait, both in mourning and rejoicing, we can enter into the waiting of God, not in isolation but in a shared experience with Christ and fellowship with the body.
Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them.
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SOURCE: Eric, Global Missions Member Care, Power to Change – Students
POSTED: Dec 2018
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