December 27th | text: Lamentations 3:21-26
Even though Christmas is two days past the sanctuary is still decorate for Christmastide, the Advent wreath is still front and center, and we are getting one more Christmas message. Yes, the Lord is come! And some things are very much worth waiting for.
I’ve been thinking about things we wait for. You wait in line for a popular ride at Six Flags an hour or two. The ride may be very exhilarating but only lasts 2 or 3 minutes. Your two hour wait could have a 2 minute pay off. A meal is another thing we wait for. Cracker Barrel struck gold when they realized instead of having customers sit on a bench for 30 – 45 minutes they could be wandering around an old country store, looking at printed shirts and mugs while kids beg for new toys. On Christmas Day it may be hard to stay out of the kitchen no matter how many times you get yelled at or get tender little fingers smacked. If you’re hungry waiting for food that you smell cooking makes the time feel eternal.
The weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas remind us that the world waited thousands of years for the Messiah/Christ to arrive. The days following December 25th can sometimes feel like a letdown. Relatives drive or fly back home and cold leftovers don’t have quite the same appeal after we’re all stuffed like Butterball turkeys. Taking the tree down is not as exciting as putting it up, and Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again! But the Lord is come. Things are never the same after receiving Jesus as they were before. Our goals in life change and our hope is redirected toward things that are eternal not temporal. Lamentations was written while the Jews were in exile. But just that short passage from chapter 3 gives us many well known scriptural truths:
His mercies are new every morning.
Great is thy faithfulness.
The Lord is my portion.
The Lord is good to those that wait on him.
After a 2 hour wait for a 3 minute ride you will probably get right in line for the next one. No matter how many times I get stuffed and say “I’m never eating again” we all know that’s not true. Recall the Advent Joy definition that describes joy as a source of happiness rather than just the temporary emotion or state. Some things are worth waiting for.