The countdown til Christmas continues and today I’m excited to have Molly McFarland
share with us. I’ve known Molly for years, but have had the joy and privilege of getting to know her so much better this year since our husbands are in Darden together. We’re also neighbors which means we get to carpool and hang out at each other’s houses when we lock ourselves out. Molly is one of the few girls I know who can perfectly quote more random chick flicks than I can and she also shares my love for God and Gossip Girl. She has a joy and enthusiasm for life that is contagious and she’s always up for a good dance party! Here’s Molly
” Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:24-25
The words hope and patience are exceptionally meaningful this time of year. I love that the word, hope, is both a noun and a verb. We look forward with desire and confidence (the verb) to the Person in which our beliefs are centered (the noun). In the midst of the Advent season, we so often can get caught up in so many “urgent” visible things in the present world that we don’t sit in the beauty of waiting for the Person who is to come. We run around getting the best presents for everyone, putting up our trees, sending out the perfect Christmas card that we fret for hours choosing and trying to accomplish everything on our New Year’s resolution list before the end of the year (toned arms is always mine). It gets tiring and stressful.
I often spend days forgetting about the real hope and joy of this season as I rush to get to the end of the year. I feel like I often miss the beautiful preparation of Christmas. One of the pastors at my old church put together an Advent book a few years ago and his picture of the incarnation of Jesus Christ helped me to slow down and wait for the unseen with hope:
“There is a resonance that comes from a multi-layered understanding of hope fulfilled in concert with hopeful, patient expectation of the glory we can’t see. Advent amplifies every note of hope. Hope was fulfilled for humanity in the incarnation, life and death of Jesus Christ. In that here is a hope that grows ever greater within us as we grow in our understanding and acceptance of the redemption and renewal made possible by Christ.”
There is something glorious about the understanding of hope and waiting each year. In a society where you can always be doing something, Advent gives us the time to wait with thoughtful patience for the hope that is to come.
We are human beings waiting for the divine Son who joined human nature in the form of a Person, fully God and fully man. That is worth the wait.