WHEN GOD TAKES FOREVER

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    A really really bad day

    O come, O come, Emmanuel

    And ransom captive Israel

    That mourns in lonely exile here

    Until the Son of God appear

    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

    Shall come to thee, O Israel.

     

    Do you ever ask God to show up?  Do you ever ask him to help you and it seems as if he forgot or perhaps overlooked you?

    I wonder if the ancient people of Israel felt that way, when they found themselves in the position of perpetual invasions, exiles, and enslavement.  I wonder if they felt that way when prophets told them about a coming messiah who would come and lead them to peace.  They must have cried out to God in the darkness of their souls.

    How long, O Lord?  How long? 

    This cry, this yearning is something at the core of my heart.  How long until God acts to save his people and remove the crap that is in the world?  When will the wars, hatred, illness, and pure evil that contaminate the world be removed?  Lord come quickly.

    O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
    Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
    From depths of Hell Thy people save
    And give them victory o’er the grave
    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
    Shall come to thee, O Israel.

    As a people of the Way, we wait.  We wait for Jesus to return and right the world.  We wait for the Kingdom of God to set up a permanent home, so that his will might be done on earth is it is in heaven.  In the season of Advent, we wait. 

    Come Lord Jesus, come.

    O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
    Our spirits by Thine advent here
    Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
    And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
    Shall come to thee, O Israel.

    How do you stay sane during the wait?

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  • Waiting has always been hard for me. I do it best when I become “other” focused. If I focus on just me or circumstance…then I go nuts. 😉 You made me think of Crowder’s version of this song and I’m listening to it as I type these words!

    • I’ve found this song captures that waiting feeling more than most Christmas or Advent carols and songs. (I had the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in mind, but we can go with Crowder. :))