Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.
Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door!
For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
I wish I could express in words exactly what this scripture means to me today… but I don’t think I ever could. I’m so thankful that I accepted the challenge to truly seek the meaning of advent this year. It is so much more than a focus on Christmas and the birth of Christ. It is learning to LONG for His return! The day that we, as a friend pointed out a few days ago, can truly sing “Joy to the World” in its proper context.