For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18 NKJV
Not to rush things, but Christmas will be here before you know it. Later this month, we light the first Advent candle; from there, it's four short weeks to Christmas Eve. You may recall this time as children. The days were excruciatingly long, filled with excitement and anxiousness–had I been naughty or nice? Meanwhile, we had to plod through the regular daily routine of school, homework, practices, etc. Then, finally, Christmas Eve was here, and the endless sleepless night of listening for Santa and the reindeer. That morning, awakening way too early for our parents and befuddled from lack of sleep, we stumbled to the tree to observe the wonder and glory of Christmas Day.
As Christians, we await with that same excitement and anxiousness, except we don't know when the day will arrive. We know it's coming, but the wait is so long. Meanwhile, we prepare ourselves for the big day, going through everyday life with its ups and downs, joys and sufferings. We can do this secure in the knowledge that day will arrive; by faith, we believe it is true. When it does, no words or images can describe the glory that will be revealed; it will far exceed our imagination.
God, we await excitedly and anxiously for the day of Christ's return, when your glory will be revealed. Please help us to wait patiently and remain steadfast in the faith. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.