For a few seconds, stop and think about the last time you really had to wait for something or someone that would be very special to you. For example, you may have baked your world famous apple pie for Thanksgiving dinner and, as the fresh aroma filled the kitchen, you had to patiently wait for the pie to bake, cool, and be served after dinner to enjoy it. I am noticing that our culture and society does not require us to wait for long periods of time very often. Being patient and mindful is becoming less necessary because of many conveniences today.
As a parent of 6 children who love Chick-Fil-A, I am grateful for the second lane they’ve added to their location in East Memphis. We don’t have to wait in line for very long at their drive thru to pick up a quick sandwich or chicken tenders. The waiting time is cut in half because of the efficiency of their crew and the technology they have implemented. They retain happy customers because of the great food and minimal wait time.
Many of us will order Christmas gifts through Amazon Prime who offers free 2-day shipping to its members. Once again, we will have a minimal wait during a crucial time of year. Thanks to FedEx or the US Postal Service our Amazon boxes will show up on our front porch and our wait will be minimal.
On Sunday, December 3 we enter into the season of waiting, known in Christian churches as Advent. Over the next three weeks we have to wait for the birth of the Christ child. The busyness of the season sometimes blinds us to this period of waiting and we may forget exactly on whom we are waiting. In Chapter 1 of Luke’s Gospel it is written, “He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
I encourage you this Advent season to recall the hope and promise that Christ’s birth gives to Christians throughout the world. It is my prayer that we can all recall the Holy Presence of God in our lives while we wait for our favorite dessert baking in the oven, in line at Chick-Fil-A, or on a gift you bought for a loved one. These moments allow us to have patience with each other, ourselves, and for God’s plan to be revealed to us. On behalf of the Brothers, faculty, and students, I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season.
Please recall that January 3rd, is a teacher in-service date and classes begin on January 4, 2018.