[#pictureLent] March 31: WAIT

By Rev. Cynthia Grout Layton
El Mesias UMC – Pastor
Mission, Texas

First, read Psalm 130:5-6

From August through November 2016, I had the opportunity to learn first hand about waiting. After an abnormal mammogram and follow up procedures, I was told that I did indeed have a lump that needed removing. Two weeks later I had surgery and two weeks after that received a shocking cancer diagnosis. The following week two lymph glands were removed and checked for cancer cells. Praise God, there were none. Two more weeks passed before my first oncologist appointment and then three more weeks before finding out what type of cancer therapy would be needed. 

During this whole season of my life, I found myself waiting. Waiting in doctor’s offices; waiting for results; waiting for a diagnosis; waiting for a treatment plan; and then waiting as therapy was given. 

The children of Israel had been waiting for generation upon generation for the Messiah to come. Sometimes they waited faithfully and patiently. Often times, however, they waited anxiously and with a feeling of abandonment. 

The good news for all of us from every tribe and every nation is that the waiting is over! On that holy night so long ago, in a stable in Bethlehem, the waiting came to a glorious end. The Messiah was born. Mary and Joseph’s waiting ended at that moment and so did the waiting of all creation. 

Thanks be to our loving God that now when we find ourselves waiting, our waiting can be filled with hope and with the assurance that we are not alone. Emmanuel, God with us, the Messiah of the world, waits with us! 

As we await his return, this time as the victorious King, let us share the good news of Jesus, the Messiah, with others. Do not wait! 

Prayer: Thank you, O Lord, that we no longer must wait alone for You are with us along every step of our life’s journey. May we always recognize Your presence in our lives, especially when we find ourselves waiting. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 

Discussion/ Refection Questions:  

1. Reflect upon a time in which you felt alone while you waited. 
2. How has believing in Jesus’ return given you hope while you wait? 
3. How can you help someone else through their “season of waiting”?