The Weight and Wait of Advent – Waiting for Love

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat … They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. Isa. 11:6–9 

Lord Jesus, more than ever, we crave the world of love Isaiah describes in this passage. The Day when carnivores become herbivores, and the entire new earth will be a like a giant petting zoo. Our pets won’t die, sharks won’t bite, and tigers will cuddle us.

Much more so, Jesus, we crave the Day when we, ourselves, will never hurt each other again. Political parties will be replaced with Gospel-parties. Nobody will be used or sold, only celebrated and cherished. Spite, fight, and flight; selfishness, racism, and tribalism will be all be replaced with intimate, kind, caring relationships.

Knowing God won’t be something we do, but who we are—the forever-Day when we will finally and fully love one another as you love us, Jesus. The whole new earth will be FULL of God’s presence, glory, and love. Until then, keep us groaning and growing in grace, Jesus.

Grant us a renewed love for you, quick repentances, kinder hearts, and healing words. May the world take the Gospel seriously by the way we love one another. So very Amen, and so very soon we pray you will come back, Lord Jesus.