Hopeful and expectant waiting

14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.

15 And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved.

2 Peter 3:14-15a

Hopeful and expectant Advent greetings my friends!

I have been having many thoughts on the season of Advent’s meaning in our current “season of life.”

Advent is traditionally a time when we are called to wait in hopeful expectation for the return of Christ! Christ’s return as the babe born in Bethlehem and perhaps even more importantly Christ’s return in glory to recreate the world!

Over 2,000 years of waiting for Christ’s glorious return has prompted most of us to lose perspective on the second part of this “waiting” and focus solely on the upcoming season of Christmas. However, in the book of 2 Peter we find an example of an early Christian church that was getting tired waiting for Christ’s glorious return. In fact, when 2 Peter is written the people were not annually celebrating the season of Christmas, they were all waiting for Christ’s glorious return to the world.

Peter offers some practical advice to this community of faith as they are participating in this time of “hopeful and expectant waiting” that I think can shed some light into our current world situation.

For the vast majority of 2020 we have been engaged in battle against Covid19. Regardless of how each of us may individually feel about this virus, the virus itself has absolutely altered our lives and the world around us. Now as scientists and medical professionals are nearing effective vaccines to slay this virus, we enter a season which leads us to Christmas and a season that is filled with traditions that many of us love and long for.

Many of us hold on to memories of “Christmas past!” We remember with longing hearts coming together as family and friends, the feasts that celebrate the day, the worships that are filled with Christmas carols, the sharing of gifts with one another and other traditions that bring meaning and focus to an individual’s understanding of Christmas.

While we continue to insist to anyone who will listen th