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He will swallow up death forever;
       and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
       and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
       for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day,
       “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
       This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
       let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” (Isaiah 25:8-9)
This Christmas looks different, an empty seat where my grandfather sat. Another Christmas feels “off,” again in the shadow of the pandemic. I long for a time that feels normal, “right.” This world is simply not as it should be. My heart longs for salvation.

I yearn for a world untouched by death and pain, a world brimming with life. This is what we wait for.

More than that, I long for one who can make this world right. For a Savior. Strong enough to defeat death, tender enough to hold our pain, Jesus meets us in our need and promises to one day make all things right. This is who we wait for.

Yet, reality does not reflect these longings. We must wait. What an unwelcome word. But, like a child on Christmas, eager and expectant, sure of the outcome (presents!!), we are called to wait in anticipation to unwrap what God has in store. As the Body of Christ, we wait together and trust in the LORD and his timing. This is how we wait.

In this advent season, may we as Trinity Fellowship Church be captivated by our Savior, spurring on one another in our love for him. And may our hearts be formed by our waiting. Together.

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