In the midst of darkness we wait for you, O God.

You alone are our light and our hope.

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When you accomplished wonders beyond all our expectations; when you came down, mountains quaked before you. From ancient times, no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any god but you who acts on behalf of those who wait for him!

Isaiah 64:3-4

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Today we remember that Advent is a season of waiting, and Isaiah is inviting us to wait for God. We wait for God when things are going smoothly and we wait when things are falling apart. We wait for God in joy and we wait for God in sadness. We wait for God because God always acts. God always shows up. God always comes down to join us.

God is a God of Love who acts on behalf of those who know pain and suffering, heartbreak and hopelessness. God’s Love is so great that God came down to this world. God came to us in Jesus who took on human flesh, in the form of a baby, to join us in our pain and suffering, heartbreak and hopelessness.

Where are you waiting for God to show up in your life today? How do you hope God joins you in your struggles and your calm?

Erendira Jimenez

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O God of Hope, help me to wait for you today in the easy and joyful moments and the hard and painful moments. Thank you for always showing up and for sending Jesus to join me today. Thank you for loving me. Amen.

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May God’s face shine upon you.

May God’s hope bring you wholeness.

And may you walk this day towards the light of a small star.

Erendira Jimenez

Erendira Jimenez is currently in seminary to, God-willing, become an Episcopal priest one day. She is interested in justice, spirituality, and liberation theology, and her Mexican-American and Latina identity are very central to her work. She likes to rock climb, weave, and hang out with her rabbit, Bunny.

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