advent week 1 – present in the waiting

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Before participating in our Advent content, consider reading 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 to prepare your heart for Aubrey’s message.

Almost every day, when my kids come home from school, the first words out of their mouths are, “Can I watch something?” They usually get the response, “Let’s go inside, look at take-home folders, and get settled.” I have even tried to preempt the question on the car ride home with, “Ok, so when we get home, please don’t just ask for screen time right away.”

Then I watch them wait – each of them waits differently. One checks the tasks I mentioned above off the list: homework – check, empty lunch box – check, tell mom a little about my day – check. Another throws the contents of her backpack out on the table (or floor) and then walks over to me with the tv remote in hand. I often find my youngest writhing on the floor until there is some relief to the soul-crushing anticipation she is under.  

How about you? How do you wait when you are looking forward to something? Do you feel you know the other things that need to be accomplished? Do you just want to rush and dump it all out, circumventing some processes? Or do you find yourself tempted just to lie down and give up? Let’s face it – sometimes waiting is hard!  

What encourages me about how the writer addresses waiting in the 1 Corinthians passage is how they talk about how well-equipped we are in the waiting period. We are “enriched in every way.” We do “not lack anything” as we wait. As you approach Christmas and enter this advent season, where is God reminding you that you are “enriched in every way”? When you don’t want to wait for a project, meeting, or colleague to get their act together, how is the Spirit of the Living God reminding you that you “do not lack anything”?

Those questions may be hard to answer right now. I invite you to pause and ask God to reveal himself to you in those ways. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind the gifts God has equipped you with in order to meet the challenges of waiting in this season.

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Aubrey Wentz

With a heart for development and creativity in multiple disciplines of the arts, and a drive for collaboration and team leadership, Aubrey Wentz is both passionate and skilled in coaching teams to create spaces where creativity and the movement of God meet. Aubrey leads her own leadership development and creative coaching business where she finds great joy in partnering with organizations to help them reach their full potential and bring their vision to life.

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MAY 6-7, 2025