This Advent you may be waiting for even more than just the celebration of Jesus’ birth and His promised second coming. You may be waiting for a job offer, or a college acceptance letter, or a good word from your doctor, or even the birth of your own child. Life is filled with periods of waiting. Sometimes we wait with more grace than at other times. But with all waiting there needs to be hope for true fulfillment of our anticipation.

Elizabeth said to Mary during her visit to the house of Zechariah, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” She was speaking of the promise of God’s child in Mary’s womb and how Mary was able to accept God’s plan and see it though. Mary was waiting for something and it was already coming to fruition inside of her womb.

God has made promises to us as well. Jesus said in Luke 12:24, “Notice the ravens: they do not sow or reap; they have neither storehouse nor barn, yet God feeds them. How much more important are you than birds!” We wait for things but we must never worry. Perhaps at times when our waiting is over we find that what we waited for was not to our liking after all. But we are not in control of these things and God will provide just like He does for the ravens. God has promised to do great things in you and if you hold firm you will find that which you seek. You are blessed in your belief that what He has spoken to you is already being fulfilled, even as you wait.

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About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

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