Some have advent calendars, where opening a gift or eating a piece of candy each day helps mark off the slow passage of time.
Some have advent wreaths, lighting a candle each week with the reading of relevant Scriptures.
I've even seen something as simple as a paper chain, where the child rips off one link each day.
Waiting seems to be a major theme of Christmas.
One of the most beautiful stories of waiting in the Bible is the story of Simeon. He had been waiting for the birth of Messiah.
LUKE 225 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law,
28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
29 “ Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word;
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation
31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”
33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.
I love the picture in my mind of this dear old believer, holding up the precious Christ child, knowing and believing that He would provide the salvation for his soul.
We have the opportunity to be like Simeon, because we know the Lord Jesus is coming again. (watch this wonderful video!)
If we've seen His salvation, we wait in the temple of our bodies, knowing we can depart in peace.
Don't wait to trust Him as your Savior. Trust Him, then join the waiting...
2 Thessalonians 3:5
And the Lord direct your hearts
into the love of God,
and into the patient
waiting for Christ.
Are you patiently waiting?