Monday, December 3, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 90, Numbers 17:1-11, and 2 Peter 3
The Lord is coming. Don't lose hope. Don't give up. Don't take his absence as a sign that he's not coming. We get into the same things today. However, we forget that had Jesus come back when the apostles believed he would, you and I wouldn't be here! We would have missed out on a life of love and service.
St. Peter was trying to tell his audience that we don't need to focus too much on the when. Jesus will return at the proper time. There is no need to worry about that. God is always in control of the situation. Instead, we need to focus on the how. How will Jesus find us when he does return? How will we spend our time as we wait on him?
One quick note about the word "wait". We tend to think of it as though we are on a bench in the mall, "waiting" for a friend or spouse to finish shopping. Instead, we should think of it as though we're serving. We used to call people who work in restaurants "waiters" and "waitresses". They "waited" on tables. They don't sit around. They are constantly working on serving someone. "Wait on the Lord" shouldn't mean to sit around while we see if he's going to do what we want, but should mean that we serve him.
Ask God to help you remain focused on the how. Ask him to help you "wait" on him. Write your own prayer.