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Pastor Eva's Article: Advent in August - a Time of Patience and Waiting

Every August, my church mailbox begins to receive catalogs for the upcoming Advent Season. This may seem too early for some since Advent does not begin until the Sunday after Thanksgiving. However, for clergy, it’s never too early to plan for the Advent Season. Advent is more than just a countdown to Christmas. It is a season of patience and waiting. It is a time to celebrate the little things with great joy and to spread love wherever we go.

 

However, there are still so many unknown factors in this time of global pandemic, so Advent maybe very different this year. Because of this, I feel as if we are in a season of Advent and a time of waiting right now. Our days can seem long and stressful. We can be anxious or exhausted and finding patience is probably the last thing on our minds. But it should be the first thing for us to do during these unique times.

 

Psalm 40:1-3a reminds us, “ I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.” When we are patient, then we allow God’s guidance to lead us make our steps secure. I invite you to experience Advent this August: to practice patience and waiting; to turn to God for guidance; to celebrate the little things with great joy; to spread love wherever you go; and to listen for God’s answers and sing a new song of praise!

 

Blessings,

Pastor Eva


 

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