This year’s Advent devotional is based on John 13-17, Jesus’ final words to his disciples before the Passion. Here he prepared them for his departure, as well as how to best be ready for his return. The Advent season is a time for us to resume again a posture of waiting, a way of being that is to mark God’s people. We are waiting for God to speak, act, heal, provide, protect and deliver; in essence, everything of true and lasting value is initiated and performed by God. Henri Nouwen wrote, “Waiting is essential to the spiritual life. But waiting as a disciple of Jesus is not an empty waiting. It is a waiting with a promise in our hearts that makes already present what we are waiting for. We wait during Advent for the birth of Jesus. We wait after Easter for the coming of the Spirit, and after the ascension of Jesus we wait for his coming again in glory. We are always waiting, but it is a waiting in the conviction that we have already seen God's footsteps…. Waiting for God is an active, alert - yes, joyful - waiting. As we wait we remember him for whom we are waiting, and as we remember him we create a community ready to welcome him when he comes” (https://henrinouwen.org/meditation/active-waiting/).
“…that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
“And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.”
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
“Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”