“Worth Waiting For”

Our Advent Devotions come to us from The Fullness of Time by Henri J.M. Nouwen

9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

Ephesians 1:9-10 NIV

Advent is a time of waiting. We are waiting for someone to arrive. But why must we wait? Words and phrases from the above readings burst with possibility: making mysteries known, gathering up all things, listening, trusting, transforming. These wonderful, sacred things take time. In a world that is accustomed to “instant,” it is easy to forget how long it takes to truly make a mystery known, or gather up all things, or radically transform hearts.

The coming of our Savior takes time because salvation takes time. God does not snap his fingers or push a button in order to save us. He sends his Son to be with and love us. Salvation is a relationship. This takes time. This is worth waiting for. We must listen with our whole being, trusting that the Word that created us will also heal us. God wants to become present to us and thus radically transform our fearful hearts. (Henri J. M. Nouwen, With Burning Hearts,48)


Friends –

As the Christmas holidays approach, I feel certain that many of us will find ourselves rushing to decorate, shop for gifts, cook for those special meals, and generally make the holidays special for those we love. I know that I am likely to do all of those things.

Henri Nouwen reminds us that it is crucial for us to find time to spend with God, even as we wait patiently for the birth of this holy child.

--Pastor Bea


Lord Jesus, help me to savor this time of waiting. Help me to enjoy the slow process of your drawing near to me and to our world. I will wait patiently as you transform my heart. Amen.