Over the past few days, we’ve been staying in a place where we can fish out the back door. Of course, the view of the water is beautiful and life-giving, but fishing is where it’s at. The boys have had their fishing rods ready to go, we stopped at a bait shop to get some of the secrets from the locals and attempted to buy the best bait possible.

After three days of fishing, we haven’t caught a single fish. I feel like Peter and the disciples.

I’m embarrassed to admit I’m from Minnesota…I mean…how could we go three days without a single fish? Between each of us, we’ve cast out the lines hundreds of times and left hooks in the water for hours at a time….still nothing.

On a positive note, simple casting and reeling this afternoon was very relaxing and gave me time to think about a topic for this email.

I had hoped to land a big one and write about never giving up or the power of prayer or even catching something unexpectedly.

The only thing I caught unexpectedly was a shingle I hooked from the bottom of the lake.

In spite of coming up empty-handed with the fish, I was reminded of a valuable lesson…

…waiting is hard.

Whether it’s something as meaningless as fishing or as important as life and death, waiting rarely comes easy.

A few millennia ago, the Israelites had been waiting for centuries for the promised Messiah. Generation after generation told their children stories of the Patriarchs and the promise for a Messiah to bring hope and peace to a world-known for struggle and violence.

This Sunday at New Life CityChurch, we begin our Advent celebration. The word Advent simply means coming and together we will turn our attention to the incarnation of Jesus, the time God took on flesh and was born as a baby in a manger.

Pastor Dave will begin our Advent Sermon Series entitled, “First Impressions” with a sermon from Luke 1:39-55 entitled, “The First Impression God Makes: Mary’s Take.”

This broke the centuries-long silence between God and His people, providing hope for the world.

I sure hope you can attend in person at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity available) or 10:45 am, or watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.