Advent 2018

Advent is a season of waiting. In this season, we are waiting for Christmas. All of us, especially those children who most eagerly anticipate its coming, know the exact day and hour of its arrival. The advent season was not always so short. From the first promise of Christ’s coming until he actually arrived, millennia passed. No one knew when he would come. Even those like Isaiah, who saw more clearly than most, could only hope for his coming. “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light” – but how long, O Lord? 

I don’t know about you, but waiting is not exactly my strong suit. Some of you might be saying, well, there is nothing I like better than a good wait. I should drop by for some lessons. Because advent is not just the season we’re presently celebrating, its watching and waiting are the chief characteristics of the age in which we live. Christ is coming again. No one knows when he will come. Just as his first coming was promised by God, we have his word that he will return. Millennia have passed. We are waiting. But, they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. In the joy of the ages to come, this advent will seem like the blink of an eye.

Thank you for your many prayers and gifts. The Lord has used them to sustain us for years now. Please pray with us for these things:

  • We will be back in Birmingham over the Christmas holidays. Please pray for a joyous time with our family, and for safety in travels.
  • We plan to return to the States in early 2020 to begin our final home assignment prior to retiring from mission work. Please pray with us for our little church and for our hearts as we prepare to leave.
  •  We will be hosting a Christmas party on December 15th, and plan to invite everybody we know. Pray for many opportunities for the gospel.

In this season, may Christ fill your souls with joy as you wait for him,

Johnny and Annette  

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