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Topic: Countdown to Christmas/Advent (10/23/08)
TITLE: How Will You Wait?
By Carol Sprock
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When can I open my presents?
I can’t wait, no really, I can’t.
How much longer?
Yes, how long, Oh LORD, must we wait?
And GOD of the Angel-Armies asks,
Will you wait as my other children did?
100 years Noah built the ark
that yawed a year over the waters before
weeks of agony, raven and doves returning
... Until the rainbow dawned.
Moses followed sheep forty lonely desert years
later, forty days to discover my commands
followed by forty years herding a wilderness congregation
... Before falling eternally asleep in sight of the promise.
Or will you act willfully, in your own understanding?
a Jonah flung by pagans obedient to my will
three days within an odiferous fish
then weeks of preaching, only to sit vainly
... Atop the mountain east of Nineveh.
as Saul, assuming seven days plus one meant he could
conduct sacrifice by himself, be done with it and then
dare presume disasters permitted whining,
... “Why should I wait for the LORD any longer?"
Oh my children of Advent, examine yourselves;
wait for me, for the day I will stand up to testify.
Pause, be still, and know me.
Choose your waiting.
Cain in tantrum sulking,
ignoring sin so eager to pounce;
The Judean Jews lurking lions under cover,
plotting to take My Son’s life;
The Roman soldiers whiling away time
throwing dice as He died;
Athenian gossipers skulking
for the latest tidbit on most anyone.
Dare you be Mary accused of heretical sin
facing a life of ignoble disgrace?
Abraham who wandered decades, here, there,
and received a single son for an offering;
Ruth curled by Boaz’s feet
a Gentile enfolded into redemption plan;
David a warrior-shepherd, a criminal-musician, a wise madman
long before a king dancing praises;
Daniel choking in heated feral stench
to share that the blessing comes to the one who waits 1,335 days;
Anna and Simeon, aging
in expectation of Israel’s freedom;
Joseph of Arimathea waiting for My Kingdom
even while entombing My Son;
My apostles in Jerusalem praying forty days
before touched by holy wings.
Judge nothing before the appointed time;
wait for the LORD.
Be strong, take heart, and wait
For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come.
Rest in the LORD and He will give the strength to soar like eagles
For God's not finished.
He takes the time to do everything right—everything.
God is so proud of those who wait for him,
a City is being prepared for them.
Wait in hope for the LORD, fortress and shield
Be patient, then, until the LORD's coming,
as the farmer waits for the autumn and spring rains
for the land to yield its harvest.
Wait for the LORD more than watchmen wait for the morning
Just as waiting diminishes not a pregnant mother
but enlarges her womb,
so too do His children become enlarged in the waiting,
The Spirit of God putting a little of heaven in each heart
so their joyful anticipation deepens.
Be awake for the night is almost over; dawn is about to break
Await the glorious appearing
of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ,
who aches for the coming—He can hardly wait!
If He seems slow in coming, wait.
He's on His way,
the Morning Star rising.
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