The Weight and Wait of Advent – Dec. 2

Waiting for Wholeness

     Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isa. 53:4-6

Blessed Lord Jesus, Isaiah’s words take our breath, buckle our knees, fill our hearts, and compel our hands heavenward. You alone are worthy of our love and lives.

As our Creator, you placed eternity in our hearts. Only you can fill this hope-vacuum inside us. As our Redeemer, only you can give us eternal life—the healing and wholeness we constantly crave. You have come to save us, Lord Jesus—spirit, soul, and body. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

We are cherished because you were crushed. We have peace because you were pierced. Our healing comes from your wounding. We turned from the LORD, but you turned towards him, and did everything for us—for us, for us.

Everything we truly want, and desperately need, is found in you, Jesus. You are the weight and wait of Advent. We are humbled, grateful, and expectant. So very Amen we pray, in your glorious and loving name.