Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may life you up in due time. Cast your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
This is reassurance of what I already know. Let God carry our fears of the unknown.
Wednesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
“For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.” Hebrews 10:36
Patience and endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that God has promised.
Tuesday, December 23
“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things.” Titus 2:3 (King James Version)
This gives me some ideas on what I am actually supposed to do while I wait. It also tells me that as an aging woman becomes less valuable in our society that in God’s eyes an aging woman is still valuable and useful in God’s kingdom.
Monday, December 22
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice… Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God… I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:4, 6-13 (King James Version)
One of the biggest challenges while we wait is to always remember to rejoice and praise God, the God who hears our prayers and gives us strength to make it through life’s hurdles.
Sunday, December 21 – Fourth Sunday in Advent
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Though we would wish so, our expectations for “good things” have no timetable attached. In God’s time, through his love for us, good and perhaps unexpected results will come to pass.
Saturday, December 20
“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Romans 8:26-28 (The Message by Eugene Peterson)
God knows all about us, what we pray before we prays. God knows our hearts. God promises that everything works for good. This is a reassuring thought.
Friday, December 19
“For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:24-25
We hope and we wait for healing, for patience. These are not tangible, but we know God and wait with patience.