Waiting. Waiting etches itself into the experience of every son and daughter of God through the pains of bondage, plague, drought, and storm. Sarah and Abraham waited for Isaac. Joseph waited for his brothers and God’s grace to make evil into good. The descendants of Jacob waited through centuries of slavery in Egypt. Moses waited to enter the land of promise. David waited for the throne. Jeremiah waited for exile. Ezra waited for the restoration of the remnant. All the while, humanity waited for redemption and creation groaned for restoration.
As much as the last almost two years has been a global challenge for the Church, I believe the Spirit has been patiently calling the Church into the hope-laced posture of waiting. Advent, I pray, might become the moment waiting shifts from an exercise of discipline into a posture of the heart as we tune our lives to the rhythm of redemption.
Waiting is an exercise when it’s something we do as an activity. We exercise all the discipline we can muster to conceive of our future hope.
Waiting is a posture when it’s a discipline of presence. In this, we live today within an expectation of hope’s gentle existence in our life. Waiting as posture happens as a pregnant woman carries a child in her womb through her daily life. In each moment, she’s aware of not only what’s happening outside her, but also what’s within her. As she manages teams at work, talks with friends, commutes, and exercises, she is waiting with her child.
I wonder what kind of remarkable reality the Spirit wants to wrestle us into, if we could wait on the Lord. Advent is about awakening our wonder in waiting for God to birth something in our lives. Waiting as posture is a quiet resistance to anxious, toe-tapping waiting.
At Saturate, we’ve created several resources to help disciples, families, and communities walk in Advent this way. You’re invited to join us as we wait on the Lord.
FINDING JESUS IN THE WAITING
This Advent, we invite your community to work through the “O Antiphons” during your weekly community gatherings. These are six liturgical poems, written by the early church for reading during Advent. Each one focuses on an Old Testament metaphor for the coming Messiah and will guide your community through a time of reflection on Scripture and prayer.
Advent is a fresh invitation from God to prepare room in our hearts, minds, souls, and bodies for Him. This 25-day devotional is a guide into the glorious reality of God Himself coming to us and our world. Many disciples and communities forget we are welcomed into a life of enjoying God, knowing His love, and experiencing His presence in our lives. You and your community were created to live the gospel in unity with God. To taste the grace of God through repentance and faith. To worship God through confession. To know the depth of God’s love by listening to His voice. We hope this guide helps you engage the themes of Advent while inspiring you towards worship, community, and mission. Available in both ebook and audio book versions.
ADVENT COMMUNITY GUIDE
We designed this devotional as a way to help you think about the themes of Advent and Christmas. There is one devotional reading for each week of Advent, and one for Christmas Day. This resource can be used as a devotion for families or in gospel communities on mission. This resource coincides with the incarnation stories in The Jesus Story-Book Bible. Coloring sheets for each week are available.
HOW TO MAKE A PLAN FOR THE HOLIDAYS
THE HOLIDAYS IN MC LIFE
In this episode of the Saturate Podcast, Brad Watson talks about the challenges and opportunities missional communities face during Christmas to make intentional plans to grow together in their enjoyment of the gospel, as a community, and on mission.