A Word from our Pastor, Chris Klingenfus

My mom likes to tell the story of how she and my dad were awakened very early one Christmas morning to the sound of paper being ripped and crumpled up. When they went in the living room to confront the intruder, they found me as a toddler unwrapping not only my own presents but every present they wrapped under the tree. In my enthusiasm for Christmas, I had gotten up quietly out of bed and headed straight for the gifts. Apparently I couldn’t wait to see what Santa had brought me.
Waiting is difficult for us to do. We don’t like being patient. Strangely enough, I get impatient waiting for something to heat up in the microwave.
Advent is an exercise in patience. It is instructive to us because it teaches us vigilant hope. It teaches us to trust in God’s promises even when they take some time to be fulfilled. It teaches us to hope even when all hope seems to be lost.
This kind of patience isn’t easy for us. People these days put their Christmas decorations up right after Halloween. They skip right over Thanksgiving to Christmas. Advent is sometimes lost on us when we so often feel that “We need a little Christmas right this very minute.”
We need to slow down. Go along for the centuries long ride with the people of Israel as they anticipated the coming of the Messiah. Learn with Israel to cry out “O Come O Come Emmanuel.” Learn to long for the Son of David to come to earth to establish his own eternal reign.
We as Christians need to learn to wait with expectation. Even to this day, we as people of faith are looking for the coming of Christ. We aren’t waiting for his first coming. That already happened over 2000 years ago. We are waiting for his second Advent. We as believers need to live like we anticipate his second coming not as a helpless baby but as the glorious Lord who is riding on the clouds with all authority in his hand.