Our Advent Devotion for Wednesday, December 8, comes to us from The Fullness of Time by Henri J.M. Nouwen
It will be said on that day, “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him,
so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let
us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
Isaiah 25:9 NIV
“Just as the love of a mother for her son can grow while she is waiting for his return, and just as lovers can rediscover each other during long periods of absence, so also our intimate relationship with God can become more mature while we wait patiently in expectation for his return”
from Out of Solitude, page 61, by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Yearning for Christ
Imagine the disappointment of the apostles. They must have missed him in an almost gut-wrenching way, they who are accustomed to being in his physical presence.
Let’s use our imaginations and share their experiences. Let’s imagine walking with Jesus in the fields, listening to his stories, witnessing his compassion. Let’s imagine eating lunch with him or laughing together at something funny that someone said. Let’s be one of them and miss him like they did. Let’s yearn for the return of Christ like the apostles did. Let’s await his return with their eagerness and faithfulness.
He is our friend too.
During this Advent Season, Henri Nouwen invites us to expect God’s gifts for us to dramatically exceed all our limited perspectives. God’s love, offered to us by this Christ child, is so great that we will receive gifts that are even greater than those we think we want.
Lord Jesus, you walked this earth long ago. I wasn’t there. I didn’t see you heal the sick or cast out demons. I did not witness your death or your rising from the dead. But I follow you every day. I wait for your return. Amen.
by Henri J.M. Nouwen