Fourth Week of Advent

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Give us the grace and the impatience
to wait for your coming to the bottom of our toes,
to the edges of our fingertips.

Come in your power
and come in your weakness
in any case
and make all things new.

Walter BrueggemannAwed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth

This is “wait for it” week in Advent. Really, you could say that Advent - the whole season, is just one big “wait for it.” You know when someone is telling you something exciting or important? Just before they tell you they often say, “Wait for it…” and are completely silent for a moment, then they tell you.

Advent is like that. Christmas - the celebration of God’s love for us through Jesus - is such BIG news that Christians have created a “wait for it” season to help us pay attention. To get ready. In Advent we pause. We are quiet. We wait. We listen.

Have you ever missed something really important because you were talking or were distracted? I hate when that happens. We say, “What? What?” but we miss it. Advent, and especially this week in Advent, is the time for us to be still, to be quiet, to listen. God has something really important to say.

If your life is like mine that might be hard to do. We are all so busy shopping, decorating, and getting with friends. Maybe we can all think of Rest Hour at Camp. In the middle of our very active and busy days we stop moving, stop talking, and we rest our bodies and our souls. Find some time this week to do the same thing. Be still, be quiet. Pay attention. Listen to God. He has something very important to tell you. Wait for it…

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Phil Hurt

About Phil Hurt

Phil has been directing Camp for almost 30 years. He grills the best Sunday night burgers, knows every camper by name, and is happiest on the back of a horse.

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