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Marriage and Family: Holding Patter

December 02, 2014

Yesterday marked the beginning of Advent, a time when we anticipate and share the excitement of the coming of our Savior. I (Jena) wondered what I could possibly write about Advent that I had not already written. Then, I came across my son's new blog post and so here is Cole's beautiful blog about Advent entitled:  Holding Pattern

Holding Pattern

Holding Pattern – In aviation, holding is a maneuver designed to delay an aircraft already in flight while keeping it within a specified airspace

Advent is my favorite time of year.

i find deep, satisfying joy in my faith when i am conscious of waiting and preparing. maybe that is because this is where we exist in the 21st century. this entire earth has been in a holding pattern since Jesus rose to His seat in the heavenly realm.

but just like an airplane waiting to land. we aren’t to become still. stagnant. bored. apathetic. carefree.

no. pilot crew and passengers must prepare. seat belts fastened. seats in upright position. tray-tables locked. bags overhead or underfoot.

i love the suspense right before landing. i try not to watch the runway approach as we descend. instead i enjoy wondering when that touch will mean we have made it to our destination.

that is what you and i are doing in this very moment. we do not know when the touch of heaven will change this earth again. we don’t know when He is coming back.

it is incredibly suspenseful.

i find it incredibly exciting.

i consistently hear people say something to the effect of "i can’t imagine what it must have been like to be a member of the jewish faith in the time leading up to the birth". if i may be frank. i simply do not like that ideology. there is nothing that keeps us from understanding the longing for salvation.

it is where we are. it is who we are. it is what we are.

we are waiting.

just as they were.

for deliverance from a world that is fallen.

we are home to the same emotions.

waiting. hoping. wondering. preparing. doubting. trusting. fearing.

we hope. we wonder. we prepare. we doubt. we trust. we fear.

we wait.

Advent is my favorite time of year.

May Cole's words remind us that Jesus is coming again, and that with joyous anticipation, we must spend our time in preparation for that beautiful moment.

(to go to Cole's blog, click here)




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