The Weight of Waiting: A Giveaway

Last week we finally had our first frost and I was forced to abandon waiting on those last green tomatoes to turn. I picked the vines clean, tomato and pepper, marveling all the while at such a bounty in the second week of November.

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November. How can it be November, I mused? I sat at the kitchen table with a filled-to-the-brim colander in front of me and watched the leaves drop off the walnut trees. They fell from the branches in huge clumps, looking like birds dropping down to the earth.

I’d hoped to can this final crop but I knew the busy would catch up to me first. So I bagged up a poke of chilis and sent them off to a friend—another lover of growing things. It felt good to give away something long-awaited.

I’m attempting to lean into waiting seasons,” says my friend Kris Camealy, in her Advent devotional Come Lord Jesus, “to let God grow in me, a holy promise for the things promised but not yet revealed.”

Advent begins November 27th, and I can hardly catch my breath thinking it. Tomorrow we will pick up our boy from college—the nest will be full again for a short time. My hungry heart beats joy at the thought of kith and kin gathered around the hearth again. Thanksgiving ushers in that season of waiting in the sweetest of ways, stoking our hearts with wonder for the most common moments.

Advent always stirs that deep longing, fills with expectation. I strain my neck to see the manger, but also look inward to find Christ in me. I look ahead to the day when all will be made new in this tired world. Sometimes, it’s hard to let that work begin with me, let my fingers slip from the tight grip with which I hold it all. Waiting is hard.

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John Calvin said that the world is a theater of God’s glory, that he is “inclined to allure us to himself by gentle and loving means.” In his book Ravished by Beauty, theologian Belden C. Lane says, “[P]raise is a matter of studying in minute detail the footprints of God in the world.” He is referring to nature, but I have followed God’s footprints through the ways he is working in the lives of those I love of late. Some things are worth waiting for: watching my boys become amazing young men, feeling the bloom of marriage open into full blossom, friendships that weather the long storms …

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The past two weekends our church hosted a War Chest Boutique party for WAR International. If you’re not familiar with that ministry and its good work, by all means, read about it here. They are fighting human trafficking, among other things, and helping victims of this atrocity rebuild their lives by training them to in the craft of jewelry-making and the like. We sold over $1800 of merchandise. I find it a fitting thing to give away some of that beauty as we prepare to usher in Advent. Purple is the color of Advent, so we have a purple theme going on. If you’d like a chance to win a signed copy of Kris Camealy’s Advent devotional Come Lord Jesus: The Weight of Waiting, a beautiful purple clutch purse, an Amethyst chip ring, and a lovely  handcrafted Christmas ornament, just leave a comment on this post. I’ll announce the winner next Friday, November 25th.

This year I will step into Advent with thanksgiving and wonder and awe. This is how I feel God grow in me, this is the gift of waiting: the giving back of what has been sown and waited for, the giving away of that which has been tended with love.

Comments

  1. says

    Laura, such a beautiful post in word and cause. This absolutely moved me to tears this morning. Thank you for sharing about WAR international as I had not heard of it before. May you & your family have a most blessed Thanksgiving!

  2. says

    “Thanksgiving ushers in that season of waiting in the sweetest of ways, stoking our hearts with wonder for the most common moments.” Thank you for your post which ushers me into Advent afresh.

    Savor your full table and heart.

  3. says

    This was wonderful-I am working hard this season to “let my fingers slip from the tight grip with which I hold it all”. I cling to things that, ultimately, have no value, and lament what I have missed out on while sometimes missing what’s in front of me! Advent is a great time to refocus…thank you for your words!

  4. Vickie says

    Thank you for this lovely post! I have been in the waiting/warring room for the past year! Waiting expectantly for God’s guidance and grace to move me to the next season in my life. It is a hard place but it is and has been a moving moment to moment closer to Him!

  5. Lynn D. Morrissey says

    Laura, I know that waiting is hard (it seems like I’m always doing it), but I thnk that you do it so well, even poetically. Every one of your lyrical posts, even those of longing, bring hope. Without hope, waiting is nearly impossible. Wishing you such joy as you care for your kith and kin and gather them in the embrace of compassion. I so appreciate this post.

    Happy Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for you.
    Love
    Lynn

  6. says

    I always love this collision between holidays — the thanks and the waiting, the gratitude and the rejoicing over a Savior. They just flow into one another.
    My garden has been cleaned out for weeks, but yesterday there was this tiny orange flower growing. It was completely unexpected and such a gift. I had to take a picture of it!

  7. says

    What a beautiful selection of gifts, Laura! I just read about Kris’ book on Kimberlee’s blog. I’ll hold off on making a purchase, just in case 🙂 As always, thank you for your generosity!

  8. Amy says

    What lovely words of encouragement. I am ready to hear Him speak to me this advent season. I am also willing to see where He wants me to step up…but will patiently wait through it all. His timing is perfect. Blessings.

  9. says

    Oh how I love WAR Women At Risk Int’l!!! I’ve been hosting Home Parties for years through them! They make it so easy and fun and what a great way to kick off the Holiday Shopping season by shopping with a purpose! These pieces are GORGEOUS! Love this! (Plus – Purple!)

  10. Nancy Franson says

    I’ve been mostly MIA from blog world lately and has almost forgotten how lovely your words are, dear Laura!

    But a post about Advent and a giveaway of Kris’s book? Oh sister, you know you can count me in on that!

    And this: “I look ahead to the day when all will be made new in this tired world.” Amen. Sitting quietly, listening to Christmas music and straining with you.

    Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

  11. Robin says

    I’m anxious as this Advent draws closer. Fighting to let go of expectations and steep in the act of just waiting. Thank you for sharing these words in the space of now and not yet.

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