By Janelle Darst
Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance…
Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish. 2 Peter 3:8-9, 14
Advent calendars are a fun way to mark the days until Christmas, and they give us the opportunity to pray that the Lord will come soon. At the same time, Advent calendars remind us that we cannot make time speed up or slow down according to our wishes. No matter how much we want to see what is going to be under the tree on Christmas morning, we just have to wait for the 25th of December.
St. Peter reminds us that we wait because God is patient with us, giving us the opportunity to live another day. No one is guaranteed tomorrow. The present moment is all the time we will ever need. But it is enough time to believe in Jesus and accept his message of forgiveness. It is enough time to love God and to love our neighbor as ourself. And whenever we have to wait, it’s a good time to recognize God as the Lord of all things, including the clock on the wall.
Prayer: Lord, when we have to wait, remind us that you are in charge of all time. Thank you for the chance to love and serve you today. Amen.