Advent: Joyful Waiting

“Waiting is essential to the spiritual life. But waiting as a disciple of Jesus is not an empty waiting. Waiting for God is an active, alert — yes, joyful — waiting. As we wait we remember him for whom we are waiting, and as we remember him we create a community ready to welcome him when he comes.” [Henri Nouwen, In Joyful Hope: Meditations for Advent]
 As we enter into the advent season we collect our hearts, hopes, and homes to receive the gospel afresh. We steady our thoughts and emotions to reflect on the goodness of Emmanuel, the gift given by the Father. In joyful expectation we surrender our hopes and place our trust in the source of all life, Jesus. In every corner of the city we wait on the Lord in our homes and workplaces to further establish the Kingdom of God throughout Kansas City.
* Invite the Holy Spirit to prepare your heart to receive Him more fully this holiday season. Ask Him to soften your spirit to His voice.
* Pray that Jesus would make himself known to our neighbors and neighborhoods.
* As we prepare to transition to Navah’s new home, pray that we would be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind (Phil 2:2)
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
Lamentations 3: 25-26

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