Advent – A time of waiting and expectation. We all wait and we’re usually annoyed by this perpetual infringement upon our freedom. The luxury of determining how we will spend our time is something we Americans’ consider an inalienable right. Even if someone cuts us off in the McDonald’s drive-thru we wince at the extra wait. What if we choose to use our wait time this Advent in a way that honors God and the people and creatures he so loves? What might change if every moment of waiting became a surrendered prayer, every stoplight a 45 second injection of praise in our day designed to keep our intentions focused on the one we wait for? Because, “When I wait, you strengthen my heart.” Psalm 27:14. As we wait for love, for children to be born, for children to grow up, for my son to offer to do the dishes, we ultimately wait for the God of the universe to do something miraculous. The good news is, he already has! In the visible and invisible.
On the blog this month, I’m giving away my favorite Advent devotional, All Creation Waits by Gayle Boss which represents the miraculous ways that God has provided for 24 different animals as they wait out the fallow, winter season. I’m also providing a copy of my Christmas book, Back to the Manger, a tale of one woman’s quest to find a lost nativity scene. First one to comment on the book review on the blog receives both books. Happy waiting, praying and reading this Advent!