The Weight and Wait of Advent 

Waiting for Joy

     “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. Isa. 65:17-19

Heavenly Father, “Joy to the World,” indeed. By the grace of his first coming, we have Jesus as our righteousness and you as our Father. And the Spirit as the firstfruits and guarantee of everything Isaiah describes in this heart-palpitating imagination-expanding passage.

Our tears and pain have an expiration date; but our joy and delight are just waiting to exponentially surge. You will restore, (not replace) your first creation. This world matters—everywhere we live, work, and play. Indeed, Jesus has come “to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found”—to make all things new; not make all new things.

We are pregnant with your joy, which is so very different from circumstantial happiness. The new earth will be a gigantic sanctuary of eternal delight. We—your every-nation-family will be a delight. And we will experience your unfiltered, unfettered delight forever. Hallelujah, many times over! So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ beautiful and trustworthy name.