Day Eleven

WEDNESDAY 12 DECEMBER // Hope for our Whanau

We use the phrase ‘whanau’ over family because we believe this better encompasses the vast variety and make-up of people’s immediate circle. Your whanau is unique to you – it might just include those you live with or it may be wider than that. In your reflection today, we encourage you to think about your close, intimate relationships – the people who know you deeply.

When you think about the definition of qavah (the feeling of tension and expectation while you wait for something to happen), are there any situations or relationships in your whanau where you are experiencing this tension?

Sometimes we think we are waiting for God, but God is actually waiting for us. Henri Nouwen once said “A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.”

One of the most debilitating things about waiting is you can think and feel like you are the only one who isn’t getting what you hope for. One of the gifts God gives is others to journey alongside us. In your whanau, how are you together holding onto hope in your seasons of waiting?

 

Read: Hebrews 10:23-24, 36
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

Pray: Ask God to help you as a whanau hold unswervingly to hope. Invite God into your time of waiting, and to reveal the ways you can support one another through these times.

Respond: On your Advent calendar colour in today’s bauble, you might also like to include a scripture reference or note what God is speaking to you about through this story