Wendy Lyons Chrostek

Leawood News

Kick Off Advent With Us

Posted Nov 23, 2021

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I don’t know anyone who really enjoys waiting – even mild inconveniences like waiting in line at the grocery store can seem taxing. Recently I was having difficulty with a bill that I tried to pay online. For weeks on end it said it was pending; it was stuck and would never go through. Over the course of a month I made at least 10 calls to check in on it, one of them lasting over an hour and a half (see picture). With each day that went by that it wasn’t resolved, I became more frustrated. Why won’t this just get fixed, NOW!? With the help of many representatives on the phone, we tried one thing after another until finally, it was fixed – hooray! I was so relieved to have this taken care of, but that period of waiting has gotten me thinking. Why is it so hard to wait for what we want? In this case, I knew eventually it would get resolved, but that still wasn’t enough to calm my frustrations.

This Sunday begins the season of Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas that are all about waiting and preparing. We know the incredible gift that is to come, the gift of hope, of love, of joy, of peace – and it can be extremely tempting to want what we want now, but we are reminded in this season that we must wait. Will we always do this graciously? Probably not - but do we have something to learn while we wait? Absolutely. I’ll close with one of my favorite Psalms:

Psalm 130 (verses 1-2, 5-6).

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice!
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.

My hope for you this Advent season is that you might find moments of joyful anticipation, even if they are mixed between moments of frustration and uncertainty, knowing that God is with you, always, in the waiting.


Wendy Lyons Chrostek

Wendy Lyons Chrostek

Wendy serves as the Location Pastor for Resurrection Leawood in the greater Kansas City metro area.