This year waiting has taken on a new meaning. As we have come face to face with the violence of the world we are waiting. For those who have had a loved one killed violently, in over the top ways, people are waiting for justice. Living here on the outside of the Chicago suberbs, we wait for justice for LaQuan. We wait for people to be held accountable for the murder of a teenager by 16 bullets. We wait for black lives to matter. We wait for guns violence to end. We wait for women to have safe and equal access to healthcare. We wait for terrorism to stop. We wait for the words of hate to stop. We wait for people to wake up to our common humanity. We wait for a world where black children don't have to be taught that they could be killed by the police. We wait for women to be able to access healthcare without a gunman able to walk in and begin shooting at their clinic. We wait for a world to see that refugees are not terrorists. We wait for refugees to find a safe place to land where they will have food, shelter, and safety from bombs. We wait for the day when it is safe to go to the movies, to hear music, to sit at a cafe and not have to worry about a bomb going off or gun fire bursting forth.
This advent we wait. We wait for you God to come again. We wait for you to show us a different way, a better way. We wait for a world where peace is possible. We wait for Jesus to come gain. We wait for Jesus to teach us to love unconditionally. We wait and we hope and we work for the world God dreamed.
Wait for the Lord