Thought for the week with Rev. Edward Lyons

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It is not worth waiting for things which have no worth. That really is a waste of time. But let’s consider waiting for something that is worth more than we can fully appreciate. I am meaning something worth waiting for in other words.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Lutheran minister, once said that waiting was an art that our impatient age had forgotten. If this was true in the years of WWII then it is more so today. He had to sit and wait for letters from loved ones and friends while he languished, before his execution, in prison for opposing the Nazis. Before his arrest he had travelled between continents by ship, which took days not hours. Today we can fly, and with mobile devices, we can communicate instantly even to the other side of the world. Waiting has been slashed. If it is not going to be now, why wait?

Yet if we are forced to wait for something which is worth waiting for, several things can happen. One is we grow impatient. Or, with the help of God’s Holy Spirit we can learn to be patient. Israel waited for centuries for the coming of the Messiah. Generations lived and died but he was worth waiting for. He arrived not for the removal of the Romans but the conquering and the removal of the penalty of sin and of death.

Though these still exist, they do not hold the victory over those who have waited and received the Christ who is born in Advent. Forgiveness from God is ours now, heaven is hereafter. Sadly many get this confused and expect heaven here and now. Thus the Church is waiting again. Not just to celebrate that first coming and all it meant and means, but to wait for the second appearing. Which believe it or not is to be even better than the first. Something really worth waiting for.