Letter from Revd Rich Henderson

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Waiting in Advent

During our summer holiday a Spanish local said to me ‘you British are experts at waiting’, what he was commenting was me (and others) patiently waiting in a queue at a bakery. In a recent article it said, ‘Queuing, it’s what the British are renowned for doing – and doing very well. Better than anyone else in the world. But what about waiting? What are you like at waiting?

The last day of this month sees the start of a new church year, November 30th is the first Sunday of Advent. The word Advent comes from the Latin adventus, which means ‘coming’. In everyday thinking and speaking, it’s come to mean the arrival of an important person or thing. For us it’s the time before Christmas when we wait for a future that comes towards us as God’s gracious gift.

Each Advent we need to reflect again on our experience of waiting, of waiting on God and

of waiting for the coming of Jesus.

Waiting can be exciting, draining, a challenge, a time of anticipation, a joy, a difficult thing

to sustain. How would you describe different times of waiting?

Waiting :

waiting for a bus or a train,

waiting for results,

waiting for an appointment,

waiting for an operation,

waiting for an interview,

waiting for birth,

waiting for a special event,

waiting for a special person,

waiting for something to end.

Waiting may feel different at different times in our lives. How has it changed for you in your


Can I encourage you this month to spend some time reading Psalm 139.The psalm suggests that God has been waiting with us and for us for a long time. The psalm also reminds us that God knows all about us, whatever we are waiting for.

God’s desire is to be present to us, to be in relationship with us, constantly creating us and bringing us to birth as we move deeper into that relationship.

As we come to Advent again, think about the year that is coming to an end. What has this past year been like for you? What words or pictures would you use to describe it? Read psalm 139 slowly and see if the images help you to put your own thoughts into words or pictures. Take time, don’t rush, wait.


Lord God,

Let me seek you in desiring you;

Let me desire you in seeking you;

Let me find you in loving you;

Let me love you in finding you.


What are you waiting for?


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