Read Romans 8:24-25
Celebrating holidays with the companionship of a child is one of my favorite things about being a parent. This is Justus’ fourth Christmas, and the first time that he seems to really be getting a handle on the stories, traditions, and activities that go along with the holiday. But as we prepare and plan, the waiting of the Advent season has taken its toll on his meager patience. Even with no solid memories of what is to come he knows that what lies ahead is something special. Sometimes I think it would have been easier if we had waited to decorate and participate in the activities of the season to spare him.
What part of the Christmas celebrations do you find it hardest to wait for?
But when I read Romans 8 I realized that the agonizing wait for Christmas morning is just the sort of practice that we need as we wait for the second coming of Jesus. We don’t know what truly lies ahead when Christ comes again, but we know that eternity is better than we can imagine. This hope is not just a promise of what is to come, the hope that we have is a source of strength to overcome the trials of our earthly life.
Do you think it would be easier to postpone your Christian conversion to later in life rather than spend long years waiting for Heaven?
Light the candle of Hope
Pray, “Thank you, Lord, for the hope of a glorious eternity. Let the hope of our future with You empower us as we serve You in our earthly lives. Amen.”