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    Reflection: Waiting

    By Marylin Kilsby

    advent4“Oh. I should be able to sell your house within weeks”, the estate agent said to my friends over a year ago. Their home is well maintained, close to a station in London and also near a good school. They made enquiries about buying a property in their chosen location and were pleased to find that they would have a wide choice of suitable houses.

    A year later, they still haven’t moved. It’s not from want of trying. They’ve had offers on their home that have fallen through. Houses in their new location that they really liked have become unavailable for various reasons. No wonder house buying and selling is one of the most stressful experiences one can have.

    However, my friends know that God is in control. They’re not immune to the disappointments and delays but their roots go far deeper than their desire to move. They know that they will get the right house at the right time. They are aware that others have needed them to be in their present location for a while longer and this has lessened the stress considerably.

    Waiting can be really tough, even if we are waiting for something joyful, as any child looking forward to their Christmas presents will tell you. We are in the season of advent now. Advent, according to Wikipedia, is “a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning ‘coming’”. Advent is more than this, though. explains that advent also looks forward in eager anticipation to the coming of Christ’s kingdom when he returns for His people.

    As we wait and prepare for Christmas, let us also meditate on what joy we will experience when Jesus comes again!

    Behold He comes, riding on the clouds
    Shining like the sun at the trumpet call
    Lift your voice, it’s the year of Jubilee
    Out of Zion’s hill, salvation comes

    (From the song “Days of Elijah”)

    View previous Reflection articles

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    Hearing Only With the Ears?

    Dare to be Different

    The Lost Coin


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    To Know and Be Known

    A New Year’s Revelation
    A New Year’s Reflection

    A Christmas Reflection
    Choices, Choices
    Intelligent Machines
    Life After Death
    Life’s Challenges Pt. 2
    The Shattered Glass
    Not Quite the Damascus Road
    A Home for the Lord
    The Chair

    The New Age of Martyrs

    A God of Second Chances
    Acceptance & Rejection
    New Lights
    New Things
    More Thoughts on Christmas
    Thoughts on Christmas

    The Vastness of Creation

    Unexpected Treasure

    Life’s Challenges
    Home is where the Heart is
    Beyond Fear to Exhiliarating Trust
    Sticks and Stones
    Beauty in the Chaos
    God and Creation
    Perfect Timing
    The Lord is near
    Having fun and taking new steps with our friends
    A friend who stands where we stand, and weeps with us
    Remain in Me