Reading: James 5: 7-10
“Be patient”. That can be hard to do. This is not so hard when life is good and you feel blessed. Patience from a place of contentment is feasible. But when life is hard and it seems to be one hardship after one setback after one more dose of bad news, patience can be hard to muster. When one is struggling in life, patience is hard because hope is dim. Many in our communities and probably some in our congregations are in a daily battle with life. They do not know the hope and promise found in Jesus.
To the believers, James says, “Be patient and stand firm because the coming of the Lord is near”. He goes on to remind us that the Judge is standing at the door. The door to what? Maybe the door to our hearts? Maybe the door that opens to lead to His return? We may not know the answers to these questions, but we do know that Jesus has already come. As faithful followers we now prepare to celebrate the first coming of the baby Jesus. We celebrate this because it leads to the life of Jesus, God in the flesh. In life, Jesus taught us what it looks like to live God and to love neighbor. This is the example we try to follow. We also celebrate His life because it leads to Hid death and resurrection. In the end, Jesus conquered the bonds of sin and death. Through this victory Jesus gave us the gift of forgiveness that leads to eternal life.
It is with this knowledge that we enter Advent. Knowing the rest of the glorious story. It is with this story that we live now with the risen Savior. He is our hope and promise now. This brings patience in the trial now because we know the forever story. We know Jesus will one day return and will restore all things. We eagerly await this too.
Our quest is to share this story with another, so that they too may know the whole story. Advent is a time when people are ripe to hear hope and promise. It is in the air. Who do you know that needs hope and promise amidst their struggles? Share the glorious story with them today.