waiting.jpg (65956 bytes)Waiting

Last night I watched the weather and it looked like we were going to get a winter storm. The weather forecasters predicted snow last week causing many people to pay attention to the daily forecasts. At Dowco we always monitor the weather and when you work in lawn care snow is a big event. We’ve planned and prepared for winter precipitation, now we’re simply waiting. Snow is one of the most profitable divisions of our business and we’re anticipating it. Gearing up and waiting, it’s part of our winter business.waiting3.jpg (79087 bytes)

When I was a kid one of the things I remember about waiting for Christmas was that we never sang Christmas carols in church until after the 25th. The only song we sang in December was O Come Emanuel. I hated all the waiting involved with Christmas and wondered why we couldn’t sing Joy to the World until Christmas day.

waiting2.jpg (76031 bytes)Nowadays in our instant society we rarely wait. It’s not often that we have to wait or delay our gratification. In fact have you ever heard anyone even use the term longing in a conversation? How long have you ever waited? Think about it; was it a number of hours, perhaps days, or months? Here’s an unusual thought, don’t self fulfill. This season leave some gaps, some vacancies, and some area in your life empty. In the few remaining days until Christmas let the empty space create a longing for the real Christmas gift, a relationship with God. Take a sharp turn from doing it all, having it all, and solving it all. Push aside fear and worry and leave the space empty. Then wait. Wait and anticipate. You’ll find the answer and we celebrate it every Christmas, Emanuel and that means “God with us.”

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times did'st give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.