Blessed Awaiting

Come, O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel!

I awoke this morning with longing.

The bleak winter days are upon us. The sky is gray and heavy with clouds.

And my heart fills with anticipation.

For this week, we begin Advent.

This season of prayerful watching, this time of silent awareness…

How it fills me with joy, awakens my sehnsucht, and breaks me all at once!

On this Advent Sunday, we sang our first Christmas carol in church.

As my husband led us worshipers in O Come Let Us Adore Him, I was moved to tears by this:

Do you see her?

The tiny baby curled up against her mother?

She was happy to be there, amidst the music and the voices. She did not stir, so long as her heart was pressed up against her mother’s.

It fills me with wonder that Jesus came to us this way, Dear Ones.

But even more so that He curls up to me this way…that His heart beats against mine…

I wait.

The wind blows, the sky grows dark, and the birds are silent…

But I wait.

I do not wait alone, for His Spirit lives inside me.

Happy Advent, Dear Ones.

May your waiting be blessed.

Comments

  1. says

    We sang our first Christmas carol in church too…O Come, O Come Emmanuel. We have our Women’s Christmas dinner this Friday which I am in charge of. Looking forward to a great kickoff for Christmas. Connie

  2. says

    Happy Advent Season to you, Laura. We started our celebration with our boys last night. We had dinner, made pomegranate punch, watched the movie “Fred Claus,” and then gathered around the table for a devotion and prayer time, as well as lit the first candle on our advent wreath. It’s a special time we look forward to each year now, especially since our boys are getting so much older.

    I’m a big “Little House on the Prairie” fan….There is a Christmas episode that is one of my favorites, where Carrie buys a star to put on the top of their Christmas tree. She bought it for the Baby Jesus’ birthday….and once they place it up at the top of the tree she says, “Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus!”

    It never fails to cover me in goose pimples.

    He is the reason for the season! That little babe born in a stable and laid in a manger in Bethlehem.

    “O, Come Let Us Adore Him”…Amen?;)

    Big hugs to you!
    Amy:)

  3. says

    What a precious sight!

    I was sad to miss church yesterday since we were traveling. Being at the Dino show on Sat. night was like being in church.

    Another great post, Laura!

  4. says

    Oh how precious! That little one snuggled so close to Mama, makes me anxious to hold my own. It also drives my heart to continue down this path of discovery to which someday I will truly understand the same relationship with Emmanuel, God with us…

  5. says

    Our church must be a week behind because we haven’t starting Christmas music yet. I can’t wait though!!!! Christmas music is so worshipful! Well, not all but the songs about Christ are. (I have to admit I do like me some Chipmunk songs too…I bought the CD two years ago..shhh, don’t tell.)

    Worship music never lasts long enough for me in service.

    I love that pic of the mother. Does she usually have her babe with her?

  6. says

    Laura,

    Your comment absolutely blessed me so very much. Thank you! O Come O Come Emmanuel, have you heard this done by Aaron Shust? AWESOME!

    Blessings to you,
    Yolanda

  7. says

    oh, so beautiful. I love this season of anticipation! Our “baby Jesus” is safely tucked away, as we await his arrival in our nativity set. Meanwhile, we rest in His Hope.

  8. says

    How sweet Laura! I don’t think I would have noticed that sweet little one had you not pointed it out.

    Precious.
    Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
    Lynn

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