Posted on December 17, 2018 by Nancy Schmitt
“The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made
to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause
a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” –Jeremiah 33:14-15
In this growing season of Advent we continue to wait and watch for the coming of Emmanuel—God with us, born at Christmas. The emphasis of Advent is on expectancy and when we expect something wonderful to happen it helps us maintain our energy and enthusiasm even in the darkness of the winter days or the darkness of life around us.
Opposite of the intended waiting of Advent, this season may find us in hurry-up mode; always looking for the shortest check out line at the store or finding shortcuts to the Christmas cookie baking process or using gift bags so we don’t need to spend precious time wrapping gifts.
And if we are honest, our hurry-up lifestyle probably was happening before Advent and will continue after Christmas. That is just one reason we so desperately need the season of Advent…to slow down, to catch our individual and collective breath, and to watch and wait with patience.
The prophet Jeremiah’s words ring loud and clear during Advent, “The days are surely coming.” A branch will spring up to new life. As these Advent days turn to the 12 days of Christmas, we will see the work of our faithful God even in the midst of challenge and fear. The “righteous Branch” that Jeremiah proclaims offers the promise and hope of God’s justice.
May we hold these words of the prophet as good and hopeful news and may we draw hope from the promise that “the days are surely coming” as we continue on our Advent journey.