“Since this is what you have to look forward to [Day of God’s Judgment], do your very best to be found living at your best, in purity and peace.” 2 Peter 3:14 (The Message Bible)
For years after Jesus died, the talk was all about his return. His followers believed he’d be coming back soon, and they waited for that day when the sky will collapse and with a thunderous bang, everyone will be seen as they are and judged accordingly.
Our world is full of waits: to see a doctor or dentist offices, for the stoplight to turn green, to checkout at a store. In the end we get what we want. But there are waits that seem eternal. A retired Lutheran pastor from Sedona has been missing now for forty days and forty nights. Jim’s family and friends continue to search for him and wait for news. They ask the public to help in any way possible. See more at: http://findjimschwartz.blogspot.com/.
My Christmas-season wait seems selfish compared with those who wait for good news, or for any news. On Christmas night I’ll be waiting in a long line to board an airplane to go New Jersey for a visit with my daughter, son-in-law, and little grandsons. (“I can hardly wait!).
Dear Lord, it’s hard to wait for something that can’t be seen. Help me to prepare for the day when I will see you and my loved ones in heaven. Amen.