The Texas sky deepens to purple dusk and we wait.
We wait for freshly mopped floors to dry, the UPS man to deliver last minute packages, guests to arrive, and cookies to finish baking.
We wait to hear results from the doctor, the prescription to be filled, and at at that forever long red light.
We wait for a reply from the job interview, the text message, and the phone call.
We wait for questions and for answers.
Immanuel: God with us.
God with us in the noise of cleaning and quiet expectation.
God with us in our pain and unanswered why's.
God with us.
God with us, saving us from our sins.
God with us, saving us from discontentment, laziness, sharp tongues, and unloving hearts.
God with us, saving us from our not-honoring, our not-thanking, and our foolish hearts. (Romans 1:21)
God with us, saving us from acting in fear, arguing with the why's, and disbelief.
God is with us, and we wait with hope and eager expectation to celebrate His birth.
We celebrate how He came down to dwell and tabernacle with us. Our celebration looks forward with the hope of His future coming.
Still, God is always with us. Here even now--He is with us, saving us.
And so we wait....with God with us....and in eager expectation of advent, the coming of the Lord!