Thursday, Third Week of Advent
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Waiting can be one of the most difficult things in life. Just ask anyone who’s gone to Howard’s dinner on a crowded night – it’s when you’re hungry and forced to wait in line, that you begin to realize how easily your patience can wear out! And no matter where you go, there’s always someone waiting. Nowadays, there are families who are waiting for soldiers to return home. And there are also millions seeking employment, who are simply waiting for their lucky break…in a time where there are few jobs to find. That’s why for many, waiting can feel like a burden. We desperately wait. We anxiously wait. We constantly wait. We are always waiting! And in waiting, we are often asked to bear with what seems so unbearable.
But Christmas reminds us, that in our waiting, God gives us a vision of hope. For it was just over two thousand years ago, that an entire nation was waiting for a savior to come. And that’s when an unlikely woman named Mary, was asked to bear a special child named Jesus, who was forever destined to bring salvation to the world.
Just as Mary was asked to bear a child, we are asked to bear a promise. In hope, we pray for deliverance and welcome miracles into our lives. And in believing the unbelievable, we bear the unbearable, and rejoice in anticipation of God's presence. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8: 38)
—Chiuba E. Obele, 13'