Advent 17: Psalm 35,36 & Revelation 2:1-7

From Jessi ZuHone

This is the season of Advent, the season of waiting patiently for Christ’s return. Waiting patiently is something I struggle with. On a daily basis, I am surrounded by many challenges that I respond to with fear and anxiety instead of patient endurance. Because of these challenges, I try to take control of the situation, in the hope of calming and relieving those fears and anxieties.

But, as we all know, this is not “patiently waiting.” This is not relying on our God for the help and support that only He can provide. We have “abandoned the love we had at first”, and Christ calls us to “remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first,” (Rev. 2:4-5). But, Christ also empathizes with us about the daily evils and struggles: “I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake…” (Rev. 2:3).

Yet, despite my struggles with impatience, and my attempts to take control of whatever “mess” is going on in my life, God displays his own patience for us in His unending love and forgiveness. “Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds… How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” (Psalm 36:5,7) During this season of Advent, I would like to focus on what Christ has done for me, and His promise to come again and make all things new. Ultimately, this is what rids me of those fears and anxieties, and allows me to fully rely on Christ.

Praise music is another place where I find peace and helpful reminders of these struggles. This past Sunday we sang “From the Depths of Woe” and this part of the song grabbed at my heart:

Therefore my trust is in the Lord, and not in mine own merit;
On Him my soul shall rest, His word upholds my fainting spirit;
His promised mercy is my fort, My comfort and my sweet support;
I wait for it with patience
I wait for it with patience

I am a Nurse Case Manager in Home Hospice. I work with patients and families on the South Shore. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing piano and, when it’s warm, walking on the beach!